Ms. Charlie

by Lesley on October 18, 2017

Ms. Charlie

Ms. Charlie

I almost want to call this post, “Come Hell or High Water!”.  The commissioning of this portrait and the timing for completion of the work makes a very interesting and unusual story.  When hurricane Irma was baring down on Florida I received a call from a man in a town near Sarasota.  He saw my art in AKC Family Dog Magazine and wanted to commission a portrait of his baby girl, Ms. Charlie , an adorable havanese dog.  I was somewhat surprised that he was doing this in the mist of a hurricane, but I just figured he was just determined to commission this portrait and it was something to look forward to receiving after the hurricane.   Shortly there after, I began to work on the portrait and then WE started to have one of the worst and deadliest fire storm disasters in California history.  I was in the  middle of completing Ms. Charlie’s portrait!  Fortunately, for us, we did not loose our house, as many others did and we didn’t even have to evacuate which we were packed and ready to depart.  I have say, I did slip the uncompleted art into my bags along with the materials to complete the work for my client even if I were evacuated- as I thought, “Come hell or high water I’m getting this done!”.  My client was very happy with the finished product and it is safely on it’s way to being framed.

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Little Bear

by Lesley on October 18, 2017

Bear

Bear

Handsome little long haired dachshund named Bear is the 2nd portrait commissioned to this client.  A few posts back, I did a portrait of a whippet named Tess and this was Bear’s sister.  “Bear” was done with color pencil and watercolor paint.  This portrait went off to Fortworth, Texas.  My client heard about me through the AKC Family Dog Magazine when she saw my art feature in the Canine Art Gallery several years ago.

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Feature in AKC Family Dog Magazine

by Lesley on October 4, 2017

Cover of AKC Sept./Oct. Family Dog Magazine

Cover of AKC Sept./Oct. Family Dog Magazine 2017. This is the 3rd year I have been a featured artist.

Commission a painting or drawing of your own precious dog.

This is just one of the pages from the Canine Art Gallery in Family Dog. I love receiving calls from people in different states requesting a commission of their own dog.

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Three Little Oreos

by Lesley on September 20, 2017

This sweet little dog is named Oreo.  She is a labrador/corgi mix breed and very much loved by the family.  There are 3 children in the family – all in college. Each of the kids are really missing Oreo, so the mom in the family had the idea to give each child their own graphite portrait of Oreo as a surprise Christmas gift.  She knew she wanted one of Oreo’s face, one of her sitting and the other of her sleeping.  Finished months in advance of the holiday and for framing, they will be done in plenty of time for Christmas!

Oreo 3Oreo sitting 2oreo sleeping 2

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Katie – Dalmation Mix Breed Beauty

by Lesley on July 18, 2017

November 2016 I was contacted by a lady in North Carolina wanting to commission a surprise portrait for a friend.  She originally met her friend, Eric, at a dog park with this companion dog, Katie.  My customer, Gail. could see how strong the bond was between Katie and Eric and wanted to give them a special gift.  You can tell by the expression that Katie is a sweet, sensitive soul.  Below is the response from the Katie’s’ owner, Eric.  He sent this kind message following the portrait from Gail.  It is so nice to be a part of such heart felt gifts.

“This past Christmas I received as a gift from my best friend Gail, a commissioned  portrait of my other best friend Katie. You captured her sweet peaceful face PERFECTLY. Her portrait is hanging above the mantel in my Great Room. Thank you so much for your beautiful work and for sharing your artistic gifts with others. I just went to your website and was so pleased to see my Katie in your picture gallery. She truly looks exactly as you drew her. Thank you again for your wonderful talent and for rendering Katie’s unique qualities so beautifully.”

Katie

Katie

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Macy – Long Haired Chihuahua

June 5, 2017

This sweet little girl is only a few pounds soaking wet!  She and her brother, Monty, now both have portraits.  Monty’s was done back in 2008 and now Macy’s is complete and ready to hang on the wall next to her big brother’s.  According to her owner, Macy is untrained except for knowing “bang, bang” […]

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Teddy – English Cocker Spaniel

April 18, 2017

Teddy is a hunting dog who lives in Indiana with his family.  His owner Catherine, saw my Canine Art Gallery portrait that was displayed in the AKC Family Dog issue last September.  She decided she wanted a portrait of their own special guy!

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Patch – Greyhound

April 18, 2017

This guy had a very privileged life living out at a winery in Healdsburg, California.   Mutt Lynch Winery is a very special winery that supports various shelters and organizations to help dogs.  Patch’s owner wanted to surprise her husband with this wonderful portrait on Father’s Day.

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Tess – Sweet Whippet

March 31, 2017

Once year I have had one of my pieces featured in American Kennel Club’s- Canine Art Gallery.  Because of this exposure, I have had more people from around the country see my art and contact me.  Tess’s owner, Kate, had tried to have portraits done of Tess in the past by other artist and was […]

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Bernese Mountain Dog

March 11, 2017

This piece is an oil painting of a Bernese Mountain Dog.  It was done on cotton stretched canvas and measures 8″x 15″.  This is one of the few pieces I did just for fun and is currently available to purchase.  Contact me is you are interested!

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