Kami and Kimber
These two lovely girls were originally rescued from two separate locations. Kami, on left is currently 10 years old. She was found (age 3 years old) with several other animals in a home in Idaho where the original owner had passed away. One of the dogs managed to escape the home and a neighbor realized something was wrong as the dog would not stop barking at him. The animals had managed to survive three days in the house before it was discovered that the owner had passed away. Luckily, the owner had left a lot of water bowls around and bags of dog and cat food open and accessible. Her sister, Kimber, a five year old currently, was rescued at 10 months old from the Napa, California shelter in hopes for a companion dog for Kami. Both dogs are much loved and live with a couple in Santa Rosa. A special wedding anniversary is coming in August and one of their (now current) owners has commissioned this pastel of their two much loved dogs. The original photos where separate in time and place. I needed to create a portrait that would make it appear as though the dogs were standing together. We also wanted to give Kami a more youthful look that she had for most of her life. Being 10, currently she has gone a bit gray around the muzzle. Ah … the magic of art!! The pastel is 10 1/2″ x 16″
Both Bandit and Star volunteer their “cuteness” to an organization called Paws As Loving Support. This is an organization where dogs are visiting facilities to help people in a variety of ways . Bandit and Star visit Sonoma County libraries, schools, senior centers, hospitals and assisted living homes to help brighten the lives of all that they come across. Karen, their owner, had Bandit’s portrait done several years ago. She wanted to be sure Star had her own special portrait to hang proudly on the wall. Both portraits were done in watercolor paint and color pencil. Adorable!! For more information about this organization go to PawsAsLovingSupport.org
I had the pleasure of creating two portraits of Coco for her owner. Sometimes it is difficult to make a decision as to which photo to work from to create a portrait. Coco’s owner had a great memory of Coco at Dillon Beach on a rare sunny day. She also had a gorgeous profile of this elegant dog. So, why decide to do only one portrait?! The landscape/portrait below is done in pastel and is an 8″x10″. The profile, seen to the right, is also in a pastel painting 9″x12″.
Coco at Dillon Beach
Hunter After the Swim
English Golden Retriever Hunter was sleeping off a very fun day at the Russian River. He spent the day swimming and rooting along the waters edge looking for any critters and of course chasing sticks and tennis balls that were tossed into the water. The particular part of the river didn’t have much current and was more like a shallow lake than a river. As most retrievers are, he is an expert at maneuvering in any body of water. He showed his Vizsla sister, Ruby, how effortlessly he can glide through the water to retrieve balls. On land he can’t compete with her speed, but in the water he is superior. In the pastel painting he sleeps on a partially sunny wooden deck, letting his wet coat dry, undoubtedly dreaming of the fun day with his family! People with Goldens will recognize the kinky wet hairs on his ear. He is an old boy as you may tell by the faded nose color. In his younger days, he would have a black nose, but at the age of 10 the color has faded away to a reddish brown. He will always be a handsome boy regardless. I love all of the pastel colors that were used in his creme colored coat.
Sarah in the Woods
Sarah is a border collie cross and is illustrated here having a blast being a dog exploring in the woods. Her owner loves the picture because clearly Sarah is having a great time. Tongue curling out with a spark in her eye. She even has a little mud on her nose and tongue as she was rooting around investigating her environment. The portrait was done in graphite 10″x”10″ accentuating the foreground and keeping the background simple.