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!
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!
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!”
Jazzy Up Close
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!
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.