Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Whenever I hear of a cat named Gus, the little Broadway musical chanteuse hidden inside of me starts singing,
"Gus is the Cat at the Theatre Door.
His name, as I ought to have told you before,
Is really Asparagus. That's such a fuss
To pronounce, that we usually call him just Gus."
And perhaps that's why this cat got the green background. Or maybe it was to match his eyes.
This cat definitely was not:
"His coat's very shabby, he's thin as a rake,
And he suffers from palsy that makes his paw shake. "
This cat was beloved. And is still beloved even now that he's gone.
I delivered this to the customer on Sunday. You could tell by the look in her eyes that he is very much missed.
It is so rewarding to see the recognition in the customer's eyes when she first sees the portrait.
In gratitude to all the animal lovers out there!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

It's not a pony.

Meet Drum. A horse, not a little pony. What fun it has been to paint goats and horses. Of course, I love painting dogs and cats, too, but with animals I don't paint often I have new things to learn.

One of the challenges for this portrait was doing the braids.

I hope the customer likes it. I sent her a scan, but hadn't heard from her before her transport showed up.

On another note, I've been covering the scan bed with a gray towel. I think that is affecting the colors that are being scanned.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Angel, not just for halloween

I've finished four commissions this week, two that I am very happy with. This is one of the ones I really like.
This is Angel, who died at the age of 22. My customer's brother rescued her from a San Francisco shelter at age 14. I love it when older cats are adopted. According to my customer, Angel "had it so good she stuck around for a long time. "
She was called "Our little Lady"and was sweet, loving and devoted. She was also a huge talker.
This is a gift for her brother.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sweetie Goat

When I posted Keegan, I talked a lot about how alien a goat can look with their hooves and square pupil eyes. On the other hand, they can look incredibly docile and sweet, like this little girl.
And her fur was fun to play with. You could see from the picture that there was a lot to it. I tried to capture that same feeling in the painting.
It was fun!