Author Archives: kathleen hartman

About kathleen hartman

Artist who paints in watercolor, pastel and oil. Kathleen graduated college with a degree in Fashion and Interior Design, but her true love was always painting. So after many art classes and continued workshop participation she got back to just that. Her inspiration comes from people and nature. "I love painting the figure, and faces. Sometimes all it takes is just a certain look to capture my eye. I am also a great lover of animals, nature (flowers) and the landscape".

Farewell note from dog lover

The following was taken from a friend’s farewell note to a dog she loved. I wanted to post it to show just how a dog touches the human soul.

“Today was lost a sweet soul to the angels up above. She was a kind, gentle soul. There was something unique about her, not her first time here on earth…an old soul, a wise soul.

She had an amazing life surrounded by people who loved her. She was a service dog and therapy for those who needed a smile. A cancer survivor.

The bond between her and her owner was unexplainable. They were life partners. The bond was the most beautiful thing anyone could witness, indescribable.

This bond between a human and dog never dies. Sweet angel, you will be missed. You have left paw prints on our hearts and your spirit will remain alive in us. Can’t wait to see your goofy smile again sweet girl. Forever in our hearts.”

 

Golden-Out of the Shadow

This is my latest dog painting in pastel. I titled it Golden-Out of the Shadow because of the contrast of light and dark, and because of the way the light was hitting on him, but still there was a cast shadow over him. This was a bit difficult to do because it is only on a 5×8 piece of Uart sanded pastel paper. Still I was pleased with the way it turned out!

Juice

This is my latest pet portrait of a pit bull named Juice. He is a sweet, quiet and gentle soul. I can see that through his beautiful brown eyes. He cannot hear very well now, but definitely hasn’t lost his sense of smell! If there’s food around he is sure to be there! But then isn’t that most dogs!

3 Dog Night?

I titled this 3 dog night because I was recently commissioned to paint 3 dogs before the Christmas holiday. Just found out that two of them were rescue dogs and the other brought home as a puppy.
As usual I fell in love with these 3 as I was painting them. The first was Sophie, who was rescued from a shelter after giving birth. Somebody adopted the puppies, but left Sophie behind. But luckily for Sophie, an angel came along and helped her find a loving home!
The second dog was Brodie. He was brought home by a child as a puppy and was described to me as a big goofball. I saw him and thought he was rather regal looking. A take charge kind of fellow.
And lastly, but not least, was Bella! Bella was also rescued pregnant. She to me appeared so loving and cuddly and oh, those eyes. She looked calm and so peaceful and grateful to be a part of this trio!
All three were painted as separate portraits. And I was so pleased to be the one who got to paint them! I love painting pet portraits and making the people who gave so much for them HAPPY! By doing this I really hope to be bringing a little joy to the world!
Here they are…Sophie

 

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Diamond in the Rough

imageDiamond is a rescue dog. I do not know what breed or mix. But she is one beautiful girl. A friend and her husband took her in to their pack (they already have 3 or 4 other dogs). I believe Diamond truly is a diamond in the rough. She has her great days and then not so great, but they are all working it out. Diamond and the other dogs and her new owners.
When I painted this watercolor, I put in a background of diamond shapes to tie in the dog’s name with her portrait.

Addi Teiran (Finished)

This is the completed pastel painting of my friend’s dog, Addi Teiran. She was a beautiful Rottie girl. She has now crossed the rainbow bridge.
She had cancer and had to have her front leg amputated. Even after that she got around well for awhile.
She belonged to a very loving family who over the last 10-15 years have owned a number of Rottweilers. They still own another named Chaos.
This happened to be Addi Teiran’s spot in the sunshine!

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Addi Teiran