Pitbull Sammy at the Lake

by Lesley on July 27, 2015

Sammy

Sammy

This 14×11 graphite piece of Sammy was a 25 year wedding anniversary gift from a husband to his wife this year.  The idea  came to him a week before their special event.   Even if I have short notice as in this case,  I was able to first provide the client with a beautiful portrait gift card.  The drawing took another month, but his wife didn’t mind the wait!  I brought out his eyes a bit more since in the photo his eyes were very shadowed from the bright over head sunlight … and, I decided to put his name on his tag for fun.  I was glad I was able to help give them a meaningful gift to remember their special day and special dog, Sammy!

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Spunky Spaniel Mix

by Lesley on June 22, 2015

Teba in Oil

Teba in Oil

So many of us have smiled down into the cheerful little face of a small dog, who is looking right back into our eyes and capturing our heart!  This is not a perspective that I often have the chance to paint, but I know everyone who is a dog lover can relate to it … right down to the furry little paws peaking out at the bottom.  This cutie is named Teba, and is only about 15 pounds.   She was re-homed to the owner’s of Dairydell Canine several years ago, and as you can see, she is now a very happy little girl. This oil painting was commissioned by Camilla and Kurt’s brother in law Kevin as a Christmas gift.  It’s a 12″x 9″ oil painting on a wood panel box.  Thanks for the commission Kevin!

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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”

February 26, 2015

              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.  […]

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Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue Donation

February 4, 2015

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 […]

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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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