'Gifts' are often the most difficult commissions. I don't get to meet the subject and I only hear a second hand description of the dog's character. Even portraits done after the pet has passed are different because I can always feel the love from the owners... Still happy with this of course... just took a long time to paint.
Maybe someday I'll get to meet Doug the hound.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
This commission was so gratifying. The guys wanted a piece of art that featured their beloved Luna and allowed me creative freedom to create a moody and thoughtful work. We discussed compositional elements at the beginning and I had a lot of fun experimenting with texture and colour to achieve the sand and sky.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
We both fell for each other.
I didn't get to meet Pony personally. I wish I had! The longer I spent studying his expression the more I became convinced what a character he must be.
This is Cleo. When I received this commission the client explained that Cleo belonged to her sister-in-law and that the dog was very sick... she was fighting for her life. Well Cleo won the fight and is doing fine. Under the circumstances I couldn't go meet Cleo to photograph her and all I had to work from was a low res image of the dog on a boat... thus the composition.
The client and her husband were so happy with the commission of Cleo that the husband commissioned a painting of their own dog as a Christmas present for his wife . This is Mischa.