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…
Diamond 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.
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 was a fun, quick watercolor painting of this sweet Brittany spaniel. I have been really busy getting paintings together for a show, but saw this dog and had to stop and do a quick painting. Loved his ears!!
I painted the sheep dog (photo below) with his tongue hanging out for a show entitled “Hot, Hot, Hot.” It was a juried show and the theme was to paint anything that the summer heat made you think of. I did this in watercolor of a friend’s sheep dog with his tongue hanging out because it was on a day when he was very hot, tired and thirsty. The title of my painting was Dog Days of Summer.
This painting won me a First Place Award in the show! So happy with it!
I painted the background very dark to show off the dog, and to make the white strands of his fur stand out, and that long tongue hanging out.