St. Bernard – Gus
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 of art! This was one of the larger color pencil/watercolor paint pieces I have done. The head measures 9″ in length and 7.5″ wide. It may not sound large, but with the extra open space around the head and with a matte of several inches, this will be an impressive size once framed. Gus lives with his owners in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. What a handsome guy!
Pitbull Dog with her Toy in Oil
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 soft side of this strong breed, the Pitbull. A powerful image for a powerful breed. This portrait is 9″x12″ oil on canvas board. If you are involved with a group that you think could benefit from this image, please contact me through my website or Facebook.
Clonet with her toy hedgehog
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. Tina sent several photos for me to choose. When I saw this close up of Clonet resting with her toy, I knew this was the one to use. Originally I was just going to do a piece of the dog alone, but realized it was just so lovely with the toy included. Graphite was a good choice to illustrate the image and really draw the viewer into a simple and sensitive scene.
Sadie, with the Long Locks
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 past. Recently Sadie had a litter of puppies, so the long locks that undoubtedly took hours of care, had to go!! I have had many friends that have gone through similar transitions!! This is a pastel on Art Spectrum paper, 11 1/2″x 8 1/2″.
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 passed away at 13 years of natural causes. A little background on Murf is that she wandered onto the property as a puppy 13 years ago and Tracy, her owner, kept her ever since. The photo of Murf that I used to reference was taken on Tracy’s wedding day. I think Murf was in the wedding and couldn’t have looked more pleased about it! I loved the sparkly eyes and happy expression! Dana, who commissioned the piece, allowed me to choose the medium used and I felt that the intense color to represent Murf’s happy face was the way to go. The size is 8″x10″ with out frame.