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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!

Eyes To Heaven – Casper

This painting of “Eyes To Heaven” was emotionally difficult to paint because of the story that goes along with it. I was commissioned to paint this and I chose to do it in pastels. Photo credit goes to photographer Andrea Seamans.
Casper was a rescue dog who was found wandering and then rescued by a couple, who even after finding out he was in the final stages of kidney failure took him in hopes they could love him and heal him. Casper was a young dog, but his poor body from being left out on the streets for so long could not recover. Casper crossed over the rainbow bridge and his new family was devastated.
I saw this beautiful dog and just really wanted to paint him. His story grabbed at me and the photo just looked so that he was and knew he was headed to Heaven being loved unconditionally by the people who rescued him.
My heart and a piece of me are in this painting.

CeCeCeCe is a foster dog at the moment. Hopefully she will find a loving permanent family. When I saw her photo, I just knew I had to paint this beautiful white bulldog. She’s a looker!


Golden lab/collie mix, Spike

Golden lab/collie mix, Spike

I wanted to post this pastel painting of a friend’s rescue dog that I recently finished and had entered into a Pastels Only juried show. The awards were presented last night and this painting won a Third Place ribbon and prize.

I absolutely loved the photograph and just knew I had to paint this dog. Of course, as an artist I had the ability to change things to create a better design,  which I did. It is a powerful design, with simple shapes and good values. Sometimes more detail detracts from the subject.

But my main focus again was the look this dog had. I just fell in love with him!