Lexi and Gunner

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Is there anything sweeter than a girl and her dog? No? That’s what I thought.

I remember my first dog. Her name was Mitzy and she was a chubby blonde 7 year old cocker spaniel. We adopted her and she truly did not like us when we first brought her home. I’m pretty sure the first time I tried to pet her she tried to bite me.

Once, my brothers were home alone during the day, when a man broke into our house. My brother had to hold Mitzy back from attacking until the man left. She was so grumpy, but she really was a good dog and I’m pretty sure she grew to love us as much as we loved her.

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Pet Paintings #56 and #57 – Sisters

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“Okema and Lilu” Acrylic on 11×14 Canvas
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“Sireta  and Snowball” Acrylic on 11×14 Canvas

Wow! It’s been almost a week since I’ve posted! I feel super guilty about taking such a long break from the blog, but I have been painting, so that makes me feel a little bit better.

My good friend Franny sent me the reference photos for these two paintings. They are her older and younger sister, who recently each lost a pet.  I really enjoyed painting these two, and it was nice to switch up the size as well.

Pet Painting #53 – Macpie and Boskie

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“Macpie and Boskie” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

This is another memorial painting of two super cute dogs.  Mac and Bo were loved dearly by their mom, and this was a surprise gift to her from her daughter.  This was also another meshed painting brought to you by ***ART MAGIC***!

I’m starting to really like these.  I still worry that I’m going to get the proportions off and make one dog look completely the wrong size.  People seem to like them, though, especially when it’s an instance such as this one where both dogs are gone, and the owner just wants a picture of the two of them together for a sweet memory.  That’s what it’s all about.

The first 50

Here are the first 50 paintings all together. (I’ve actually done 52, but 2 of them are surprises for the people receiving them, so I’ll post them later.)

I just want to thank everyone who has supported me so far in this painting challenge. It is a joy to paint all of these wonderful people and pets. The background stories really do help me bring out their personalities, so keep ’em coming!
I’m so lucky to be part of such a large and supportive family, and it’s been great getting to know all of the people I’ve met through this project.

My Etsy shop will be up soon with detailed pricing info and tips on how to choose a good reference photo!
Stay tuned for more!

Pet Painting #50 – PaPa, Bear, and Sparky

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“PaPa, Bear, and Sparky” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

I wanted my 50th painting to be special, so I used a photo taken by my cousin Jenny of my grandfather as a reference.

Before he passed away several years ago, my grandfather adopted two small lap dogs and it was the sweetest thing to see how much he loved those two dogs.  I never remembered my grandparents having a dog, even though there were several occasions when family brought a pet or two by for the day.  I never really knew if my PaPa even liked dogs.  He sure did like these two, though.

I think that sometimes pets come into our lives at the perfect moment, and that is what happened here.  He needed their love, and they needed his, and they were brought together at the exact right moment in life.

Pet Painting #28 Treat Please?

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“Treat Please?” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

 Great Danes really are the best.

The combination of the sad eyes, giant size, affection, loyalty, and humor makes it basically impossible not to fall in love with this breed.   They may accidentally destroy your entire house during a game of chase or break one of your hips while trying to sit on your lap, but how can you possibly stay mad at that sweet, adorable punim?!  Start a savings account for the repairs today, and get yourself a great dane!

If you read this and thought, “I need that in my life,” here are a few websites of great dane rescue organizations that you can check out.  If you search “great dane rescue near me”, I’m sure you can find a dane in your area that would love to look at you with those sad eyes as he sits on your lap and crushes you with love.

Great Dane Rescue –  serving Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, north Georgia, Alabama, Arizona and Ontario, Canada.

The Mid-Adlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Inc.

Great Dane Rescue of the Carolinas

North Mississippi Great Dane Rescue

Great Dane Club of Louisiana

The Great Dane Sanctuary – serving Minnesota and Wisconsin