Mac -The Bearded Collie

by Lesley on January 29, 2016

Mac - Bearded Collie

Mac – Bearded Collie

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After Framing by Owner

Mr. Mac lives in Iowa with his proud owner Marion. As someone who breed and has shown Bearded Collies for 20 years.  She knows what they look like and the standards of the breed.  I had one photo to work from and let’s just say I’ve seen better quality photos.  Marion really loved my Color pencil/watercolor paint pieces and knew this is what she wanted.  High detail  and accuracy was very important.  It is also extremely important to me that the individual dog looks like that persons dog.

 

Love it!!….it gorgeous and you captured Mac exactly!!!!!! …..Thank you so much…..Marion

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The Story on Moose

by Lesley on January 3, 2016

Moose with his bunny

Moose with his bunny

Moose is a handsome black lab that was adopted at one of the big animal adoption fairs several years ago.  Still happily living with his owners in San Rafael he is now 4 years old.  One of his owners wanted to have this commission done of Moose with his favorite bunny toy.  This was given as a Christmas gift and as a surprise.

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32 MPH

by Lesley on December 15, 2015

Ruby in Pastel on Black Paper

Ruby in Pastel on Black Paper

Why is this called 32 MPH?   It’s because that was the top speed of Ruby running to catch the little green ball!  Now you might ask, “How do you know that?”.  Well, this is our family dog, and my husband and I thought it would be fun to get a radar detector to track our dog at play… obviously we don’t have kids!  After seeing the original photo my husband took on his cell phone,  I thought it would make an interesting piece of art in pastel.  Her right foot is just hitting the ground as all her other feet are still in the air.  As you can see she is a very lean dog – even with four cups of high calorie food a day.  At 6 years old, she’s still a very high energy dog!  I wanted to be sure I illustrated her athletic anatomy as she is stretched out at the moment before the grasp.  I’m so impressed with her physical abilities as most of us are with our dogs. They are amazing animals!

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Designated Driver

by Lesley on December 3, 2015

Designated Driver

Designated Driver

This pastel painting is 12″x9″ unframed on black pastel paper .  The two dogs, Canon and Bandit live with the owners that are the proprietors of  Keenan winery in St. Helena, California.  Apparently one of the dogs has been hitting the sauce!!  Thank goodness he has his brother to watch his back!  But, seriously, the dog sitting up is Canon, a coonhound cross.  His brother, Bandit, a border collie cross who looks to be winking, only has the one eye.  I originally met both dogs when they would come to stay at the board and train facility where I work.

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Blanca in the Garden

by Lesley on September 21, 2015

Blanca in the Garden

Blanca in the Garden

This pastel scene measures 9″x12″ before framed.  It is a lovely relaxed pose of my pastel instructor’s dog sitting in his garden.   In the original photo she was sitting in front of a wire fence.  The fence certainly didn’t add anything to the scene so out it went!   I love being able to do things like that with art!!  After he had it beautifully framed he presented it to his partner on their anniversary.

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Pitbull Sammy at the Lake

July 27, 2015

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 […]

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Spunky Spaniel Mix

June 22, 2015

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 … […]

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Toy Poodle and Ragdoll Cat Painting

May 17, 2015

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 […]

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Sunset Swim

April 30, 2015

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 […]

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German Shepherd – “Timmy” Oil Painting

April 20, 2015

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 […]

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