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…
I am currently working on a commissioned painting of 3 different types of dogs and a cat. It has been a challenge so far. Not so much painting the animals, but painting the setting that was requested. I am working it out slowly and it will get done.
I love animals and painting them, but sometimes I get some really different requests for backgrounds. In the process though I am learning a lot, not only about what I am painting but also about myself as an artist.
I do this because it makes me happy to make others happy! And knowing that these were all rescue animals makes me happier!
And when it’s finished I will post it so you can see for yourself.
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.
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!