I have painted all of my friend Kris's cats. They were early paintings, created to make sure that I could capture unique personalities on canvas. And, they were easy... Three different personalities, even if they all wearing the same color scheme. I knew them too -- I've even cat sitted for Kris, because she, like me is very particular over who cares for her animals. We've talked about being the caretakers for our animals if the other dies -- because we each trust the other to do the right thing for our animals.
I would do most anything for Kris. Recently, her cat, Simon, ran away from home. Naturally a skittish cat with feral roots, Kris has been worried for over 20 days. She has tried to trap him. When she thought she had him cornered, my husband and I stopped what we were doing and ran over to help. The attempt failed and I ended up driving Kris to the emergency room in her new car.
I think Kris would do a lot for me, too. She buys me thoughtful "just because" presents and keeps my dog and cats well stocked in toys, treats, and aqua filters. She even thinks of my paintings when it's time to give othters special presents.
This is a painting of Kris' friend, Mindy's, dog Bailey.
Bailey was a girly dog and loved very much. Kris imagined the painting to be in pinks and purples. The background was originally lavendar. I thought I had finished the painting, but it didn't feel done. One day, I took it with me "to finish" at another friend's house. I was inspired by the bright colors that her very girly children were wearing and put a few brighter colors in the background.