This watercolor painting is of a pet who recently passed and as they say “crossed over the rainbow bridge.”
A client commissioned me to create this pet portrait for her friend whose dachshund, Smokey, died. She asked me to paint the dog with some reference to the rainbow bridge.
My first thoughts were that I was not sure it was a good idea. I thought putting the rainbow bridge into the painting would only remind her friend about Smokey’s death. However, when doing a commission you really have to go with what your client wants. But, before I was okay with that, I researched the poem “Crossing Over the Rainbow Bridge.” As it turns out it is a beautiful poem and really has a happy ending.
So I proceeded with the painting and added the rainbow and bridge like my client wanted. She loved it. And, in addition, I added a free copy of the poem to go along with the painting. I hope it brings some happiness to her friend.
This is a pastel pet portrait of Carey’s beloved dog, Jay. He fought long and hard to win his battle, but lost this year. I painted this portrait from two photos that she loved, so she would be able to always have him in view.
It is so hard losing a member of your family. Jay was the light of Carey’s life for a long time and brought her such joy. I hope this reminder of Jay will always bring a smile to her face and many good memories. Continue reading →
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.”
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!
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!
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…