Monday, April 19, 2021

Pet Portrait Commission Completed

 


Portrait for Emily V.  - these are the 7 pets that have been a part of my client's mom and dad's family during their family's lifetime.  It is painted in acrylic and measures 20" x 30".  I will make a floater frame - for which the material is arriving today.  I have enjoyed putting this together - 
it has turned out perfectly! 

I will be adding the 'up close and personal' photos of each pet below to show detail of the animal as soon as my email or iPhone communicate with one another - always some kind of issue it seems with iPhone these days.  

This was such a huge challenge for me to paint!  I have angsted over it - but in the end it turned out exactly as I hoped it would.  Many hours, lots of painstaking planning occurred on this one.  The photos, as you can believe, were not as helpful as I wanted..many were old photos of pets who have passed.  Of the 7, only three are still with the family.  

The black and tan dog, Casey - 3rd from left, is a three legged dog and the 
client wanted that reflected in the painting. 
She lost her limb to cancer, was given only 6 mos to live 
and has lived on for 2 years already. 
What a nice gift of life.

NOW, I can't wait to move on with some weaving and some more acrylic painting.  The studio awaits!

Truffle
Calvin
Casey
Chili
Wyatt
Reese and Flickerfoot

Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to leave a comment.







Wednesday, April 7, 2021

First Layer of Commission Portrait(s)

 



First layer (very rough) almost there - working on the likeness and playing with the sizes and those crazy striped cats on the right - they were sisters.
The cats are bigger than normal in my painting - but having much smaller faces in this composition
just didn't do it for me. Using acrylic paint on 20" x 30" canvas.
Seven LOVING souls - I can feel their specialness, each one. Some or maybe 
one is still here, the rest have passed.
(My easel is backed up to a window, that is the light
shining through the unpainted canvas.)
Decision, decisions, always in the works - what to do with the background when I get there?