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Rocky, 9″ x 12″, acrylic on gessoboard, July 2015. I was so very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Rocky in person this day in May. He died on June 25. The recipient of the painting said … Continue reading
This is a small (5″ x 7″) painted sketch of Cricket. She is an old, wise and sweet neighbor of ours. I took this photo in the parking lot the other day when the sun was setting but still high enough to get a glow on her fur. I enjoy how easy it is to shift the setting for a painting. I knew her fur would glow against this green gold grassy like background and add to her happy expression of playing outside.
Sometimes, clients have old, fuzzy or faded photos of their pets and ask me to make a portrait. It helps if I have several photos and have met the pet, but that cannot always happen, if for example, an animal friend has died. This is a great example of a not so good image made into a nice painted sketch.
Jack is a fantastic model in countless ways. For one, he lets me look in his mouth to see his teeth, gums and anything else I wish to see for any length of time (while painting, of course). Jack’s teeth have all come in and his fur has grown since I took the photo used for reference, one of Pyar’s all time favorite photographs. We had Jack about a month and on this day, we were having a turtle adventure – the one where Jack finds a turtle and puts his nose on the turtle’s back and then looks at me to bark and tell me about the turtle. It was one of his best games on our hike across country. Turtles seem to wear him out.
I have a few pages of my sketches of Davis. This is one of my favorites from when we visited him at the vet during his first days of quarantine. His demeanor has changed rapidly since bringing him home. He seems so much more like a dog. We are so honored that he loves us. He especially loves his big brother, Jack!
Henry and Bumper pencil study for 9″ x 12″ portrait July, 2013
I have had the honor of working with a lovely woman, AC from Georgia on one of my favorite portraits. This drawing is from Henry and Bumper’s mom and dad’s favorite photograph. Getting to know animals through their people is a wonderful process. Thank you AC.
Sebastian is our neighbor, friend, model and one of the cutest puggles that we know! Jack and “Seabass” as he is affectionately called by Pyar, are best buds. I painted this study for Kari, Sebastian’s mom to have while she spends the summer in Austria studying Opera. Sebastian will be spending the summer in Oregon with his grandparents.
Thank you for your sweet friendship, Kari and Sebastian!