Toy Poodle and Ragdoll Cat Painting

by Lesley on May 17, 2015

Jazzy and Sebastian

Jazzy and Sebastian

Little dog – big cat!!  Most people think of a dog being larger than a cat, but not this time.   I was contacted by a client named Ginger who was interested in having a painting of her toy poodle, Jazzy,  and her boyfriend’s Ragdoll cat, Sebastian, sitting together.   She had a couple of separate photos of each pet alone, and Ginger told me Sebastian the cat was 1/3 larger than Jazzy.  The beauty of art is that I can create a portrait of the two animals, side by side, as though they are the best of buddies! Below is Ginger’s response after seeing her pastel painting of just that.   Thanks Ginger for the wonderful comment!

“OMG Lesley, you are amazing. I am crying already. What a wonderful picture of our kids. You’re right on target! Todd and I both love it!”
Ginger

Jazzy Up Close

Jazzy Up Close

 

Sebbie

Sebastian

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Sunset Swim

by Lesley on April 30, 2015

Jumping in the Lake

Jumping in the Lake

When a saw a photo of a dog jumping in water I decided to do this pastel painting just for fun and not for as a commissioned piece.  I really don’t know  where the photo was taken or the body of water, but it reminded me of my childhood with our family dogs.  We would often take our 3 dogs to Lake Michigan in the summer to go for a dip.  The hot, sticky summer nights in Wisconsin were the perfect time to to cool off in the chilly water.  The dogs loved chasing after the driftwood sticks we would toss in the water for them.   After everyone was cooled down,  we’d all pile back in the station wagon and make one more stop on the way home at Dairy Queen.   Good memories!

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German Shepherd – “Timmy” Oil Painting

by Lesley on April 20, 2015

Tim

Tim

Many of my clients commission portraits over the years as they bring new dogs into their family.  Karen, who recently passed away, was one I will always remember.  She also came to me for dog training with her beautiful German Shepherds at Dairydell Canine, so I was able to really get to know her and her family.  This oil painting of Tim was her most recent commission from me.  Her previous two portraits of Sierra and Conan were done in pastel.  Sadly, Karen died at the age of 60 due to complications from ALS.   Even though her last three years were increasingly challenging, she never stopped trying to accomplish her goals and live a rich life.  Artwork of her beloved shepherds was important to her and I feel blessed to have been the artist she chose to create those very special pieces of art.  You never know what the future holds, so if there is something you want to do or accomplish, don’t hesitate.  I greatly admired her passion for life.

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Cover of Bluetick Coonhound’s “Blue Book”

by Lesley on February 26, 2015

The 2014 Cover

The 2014 Cover

Table of Contents for 2014 Blue Book

Table of Contents for 2014 Blue Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was very flattered to be asked create the cover of the “Blue Book” the annual publication of all things related to Bluetick Coonhounds.   For just about every breed of dog there is an organization that celebrates their special attributes, and the “Blue Book” champions Bluetick Coonhounds.  The cover I created features a dog known as Annabelle, and was done in color pencil watercolor paints.  The organization was so trilled with this years cover, they’ve already asked me to create next years cover too!   I’m thinking of doing a scene in pastel with a coonhound in action.  Very exciting!  I’m hoping to create commissioned art of coonhounds for years to come.  They are certainly a gorgeous breed!

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Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue Donation

by Lesley on February 4, 2015

Gift Portrait of Addie

Gift Portrait of Addie

In January 2015 I completed my goal of donating a portion of every commissioned piece of dog art since July, 2014, and gave a check to the senior dog rescue group, Lily’s Legacy http://www.lilyslegacy.org/

Located in the country not far from my home in Petaluma, my husband and I visited Alice Mayn, the founder of Lily’s Legacy.  My husband took this photo as I  hand delivered not only the check, but this pastel portrait as a gift to her for all of the hard work she does to help the many senior dogs in need. Alice had tears in her eyes, which or course made me teary!  It was my second visit and my husbands first to see the dogs that are living at the facility, but looking for a forever home.

Now, for 2015, I will make a donation to Second Chance at Love Humane Society, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates dogs of any breed and age.  So if you’re interested in a portrait, and also like the idea that some of the commission will go to a dog/animal rescue group, I hope you consider having a portrait done by yours truly!

“Dear Lesley,  What can I say to adequately thank you for your incredible support of Lily’s Legacy as well as your spectacular painting of our beloved Addie.   It brings tears to my eyes when I look at it. You really captured her! Bless you for caring about our old pups and we look forward to collaborating to save needy pups ongoing.  Warmest regards, Alice “

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St Bernard -Gus

January 24, 2015

I absolutely love this piece.  The angle is interesting and complimentary to the large dog.  Shooting at an upward angle might not always turn out so well, but the moment I saw this I was very excited to get started.   The only thing I left out was the saliva by the bottom lip. The magic […]

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Pitbull Portrait Oil Painting

January 6, 2015

I loved the sensitivity so much of the Pitbull and her toy in my first commissioned piece done in graphite, that I painted another in oil.   I would love to offer the use of this image to rescue groups for the prevention and awareness of dog fights. I think that it illustrates the sweet and […]

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Clonet With Her Toy

October 30, 2014

This graphite piece of a Pitbull illustrated here with her toy hedgehog is 8 1/2″x 11″ on Strathmore paper.   The commission of this piece is from a client who had two pieces done in the past of her beautiful standard poodle, Coco.   Tina wanted to have a gift for Christmas for her friends, Clonet’s owners.  […]

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Glamorous Sadie – Cocker Spaniel

October 17, 2014

My most recent pastel is of a family member’s Cocker spaniel, Sadie.  My brother and sister-in-law have several Cocker spaniels and a large mixed breed dog, Murphy.   Not too long ago, Sadie was a “carefree single gal” with this mane of long blond locks that reminded all of us of a film star from the […]

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Murf – Small Mixed Breed in Pastel Painting

September 19, 2014

My latest pastel is of a sweet female mixed breed named Murf.  This pastel portrait is from one generous friend to another.  Murf’s owner has already commissioned two portraits from me to give a gifts to loved ones.  She herself is now going to be given a surprise gift of her beloved Murf who recently […]

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