Wedding Gift

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I was recently commissioned to paint a triple portrait for a couple due to be married in September. They have a yellow lab that needed to be added since he was not in the reference photo. I thought he should be the center of attention ( as all dogs should), so I used some ***ART MAGIC!*** to make it happen. I wish them all the best in their future together, and I hope their dog likes this painting.

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(Not A) Pet Painting #58 – Kimari/Little Wing

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“Kimari” Acrylic on 16×20 canvas

A friend of my sister commissioned this piece of her younger sister, Kimari, who passed away at the young age of 16 this past year.  She wanted the painting to be influenced by Jimi Hendrix, so I did my best to give it a psychedelic feel and still keep the sweetness of this 16 year old girl.

I’m always honored when someone asks me to paint a loved one, but it means even more when someone trusts me to capture a family member or friend that has passed away.  I hope that this painting brings her some comfort and memories every time she looks at it.

Dodge Completed

dodgedone I completed this one tonight. This is my sister’s dog, Dodge.  He’s a big black Great Dane, and was still a puppy in this picture.  Dodge is a giant sweety pie, who has had an interesting life thus far.  He was found abandoned as a small(ish) puppy by the police after someone left him behind after being evicted.  My sister was told there was an 8 week old puppy that needed a home, and went to get him, thinking he would be a tiny helpless baby.  She came home with a lanky puppy that was the size of many full grown dogs already. He ended up being a great dog, who loved kids and was a sweet as could be.

While we were getting ready to go on a camping trip one day, Dodge trotted into the street and was hit by a truck.  His paw looked so bad, I was convinced he would have to have his leg amputated.  My sister cared for him and changed the dressing on his wound daily until he miraculously recovered, able to run and play within a month of the accident.  He’s definitely a survivor, and has made me appreciate this large lovable breed of dog.

Pet Painting #52 – Baters

 

 

 

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This painting was a special request from the author of the blog Hamster Patrol! .  He, like I, is a big fan of orange tabbies, so I told him I would do a painting of one of his orange cats, Baters.  You can go to his blog to see the reference photo that I used for this painting as well as many other adorable photos of his pumpkin colored kitties.

Pet Painting #51 – Matching Set

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Hello, everyone! I haven’t posted in a few days, but I HAVE been painting! I had a group that just all happened to be surprises, so I have to post them all later.

Today’s painting completes a matching pair with a previous painting. The two cats look very fluffy, very pretty, and super serious. I love this in contrast with their very happy and friendly looking parents.

Here are the two together.

Pet Painting #42 – Oscar

 

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“Oscar” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

Here he is, completed as promised!

Oscar is a Beagle, a very popular breed that has traditionally been used for fox hunting.  Famous Beagles include the well known characters Snoopy, Shiloh, and Gromit.  The seem like a very run-of-the-mill type of dog, but when I Googled their history, I found out all sorts of interesting things about them.

First off, did you know there was once a mini beagle?!  We all know a sure-fire way to make something cuter is to make it smaller. Here is what http://www.cesarsway.com has to say about the pocket version:

“The earliest dogs that were referred to as “Beagles” were small hound dogs that stood at 8 to 9 inches tall. These tiny dogs were called “Pocket Beagles” since they were literally small enough to fit into the pockets of hunters. In the mid-18th century, hunting increased in popularity and larger dogs became the preferred trail companions, leading to this line of miniature Beagles being overlooked, and eventually becoming extinct in 1901.

Also, their name is pretty. . . straightforward. It literally means loudmouth.

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a small hound with a smooth coat, short legs, and drooping ears, used in hunting small game

Origin of beagle

Middle English begle ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle French bee gueule, literally , wide throat ; from Old French béer, baer, baier (see bay), to gape + gueule, throat ; from Classical Latin gula: see gullet

Other than those interesting facts, Beagles just seem like pretty cool, laid back dogs to have around if you are looking for a family pet.  They may be a bit loud at times, but if you watch this video, you can see that their personality makes up for any flaws they may have.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8qxlkbGGyE

Pet Painting #42 (still on the easel)

 wip WIP it!! WIP it good!!

Remember how I promised that I would have another painting for you today?  Well, I did’t say it would be finished, did I?!  This became a Work In Progress (WIP) after I stopped painting to take a step back—- and then fell asleep.  What can I say? It’s been a crazy week at my day job, and it finally caught up with me.  I’ll have this one done tonight, though, and post it with it’s actual name.

Pet Painting #41 Super Secret Surprise!

Oh man, oh man. The suspense is killing me!

I’m super happy with how my latest painting turned out, and can’t wait to share it, but I have to wait until the giftees are happy married on the 19th so I don’t ruin the surprise. It’s another quadruple portrait of the soon-to-be newlyweds and their very cool looking cats.

Since I can’t share new work, I’ll share this oldy that I have on my fake mantle in my living room. Don’t worry, though. I’ll have another new piece tomorrow!