Crusher, the mini poodle. Well, he was ordered by a lovely man whose wife is the house color authority :). (I can relate as I am as well.) Because all my commissions come with a "I'll work on it until you like it" philosophy, I received the portrait back to change the color of the background and to lengthen the ears.
I received other reference photos and chose one where Crusher had more of a direct stare rather than looking up. (The looking up is what led me to paint the ears shorter.) I changed the background color to a green-brown-grayish background.
I am now waiting for approval. I have no problems posting it again, with another background color if it helps them to love the painting.
Friday, February 22, 2013
My some of my originals are now hanging at Ideal Pet Stop in Seattle. Kirstin, the store manager, was saying how nice it would be if I could paint a chicken, since they carry chicken feed, bedding, etc. I was fortunate to walk through Georgetown and see some interesting looking chickens....
And here she is, my first chicken!
She is for sale. $125 on my shop on |https://www.etsy.com/listing/124466801/11-x-14-speckled-chicken|Etsy| (or I can invoice you directly through PayPal).
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Howeverr, there are times when I don't want the black cat to look like the black cat in the photo. The angles or the background somehow say exaggerate or distort this animal. I end up with a painting for sale and start again on the commission, but that first paiting has something that speaks to me loudly.
I think I needed to have some fun when I started painting this cat. I added bright circus colors and played with the tail.
Unlike most of my paintings by the time they make it to this blog, this painting is for sale. Email me for details or visit my Etsy site.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
This little kitty uses his friend's ear as his security blanket.
For me, this painting is about security and friendship. How nice to be such good friends that you know you'll be protected. That you can snuggle in to a warm place even in an open field.
We all want that safe place. Some of us find numerous safe places in expected and unexpected locations. And, some of us never find it.
A card based upon this painting is available at Ideal Pet Stop and at my Etsy store.
Thanks to Dr. Seuss, you've heard of the cat in the hat, but you may never have heard or seen a cat AS a hat.
This acrylic and marker painting shows that scenario -- an orange tabby lying across a golden dog's forehead. The dog doesn't even look irritated! You know who rules this household.
In all my cat-caring adventures, I have never had the privilege of sharing my abode with an orange kitty! Nor with sibling kitties. I digress though. This blog is supposed to be about paintings and my meanderings about them.
Indirectly, this painting is about love and how we accommadate those we live with. In a perfect world, we accommodate each other.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I am playing with the ideas of stripes (or polka dots) for my next postcard order... I am down to the last 50 or so and since I have committed to going down to Olympia for Pet Connections magazine 6th annual Easter egg hunt, I need to quit talking about postcards, design them, and order them.
That said, I did use technology for this little card. I drew a cat, used my light box to reverse it, painted it, scanned it, and then placed it on the stripes which I created in Photoshop. This is the most digitally enhanced creation I have ever done! Still, it could be easy to change the background.
This card is available from Ideal Pet Stop in Seattle and through my Etsy shop.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Were I to do this card again, I'd put a big heart between the two dogs! Maybe next year for valentine's day! Right now, this card can be used as an everyday card or as a Valentine's Day card.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
This is another Valentine's card that is available online and at Ideal Pet Store in Seattle. You can also email me if you are interested! My contact information is available on the blog and on my web site at www.animalfriendsportraits.com.
I love golden retrievers. They are so happy! And, my two black kitties are the most gregarious and dog loving of my bunch, so it was easy to picture a golden with a black kitty.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Are you ready for Valentine's day? I was trying to have cards done by January 15th but I made it last week! These cards are available at Ideal Pet Stop and soon on Etsy. ( I really do need my own camera: my husband and I have been sharing.)
My inspiration are my own animals, although I do not have a white cat or a yellow dog. Instead, my orange dog loves her black cat!
I am using this as a wedding card to celebrate my friends' wedding.