Once a month I'd like to share with you the Pet Portraits that I have recently completed. I call this showcase my "Pet Parade". Why a "parade"?, you may ask. Because our animal friends deserve special attention, of course!
Painting the pet portraits brings me such joy! I really fall in love with every animal. While I'm painting, I am sure to send each one some love and thanks for being such wonderful companions and loyal friends.
So now it is time to help me celebrate this roundup of the cute'n furry friends I've have painted recently...the February Pet Parade! Their human companions have sent me a few words about them. I hope you enjoy their stories!
Jackson, a regal Golden Retriever, was a joy to paint. From his photos, I could tell he had a friendly yet commanding presence, and I chose this pose because I felt it best showed his "princely" manner.
Here's a word about Jackson: "Jackson was our sweet, beautiful, elegant boy, full of golden retriever love. As a puppy he found the biggest tree limbs possible to carry home and the juiciest puddles to walk through. That high spirited puppy became a Gandhi-dog of peace and calm. That didn't stop him from finding tree limbs to carry and puddles to walk through. When he was seven years old we brought another puppy home. We weren't sure how Jackson would take to Maggie but with Gandhi-like patience he tolerated her puppy nips and nudges while giving her dog-tips for a good life. We were blessed to be with him for fourteen years."
CHARLIE and BRO
I was excited to do this larger-sized painting of Charlie and Bro, as it gave me more room to experiment. The original photo showed Charlie and Bro on an Oriental rug. I used the colors from the rug and some of its design elements to create a fun, new look for the background.
About the pooches: "Bro is a six year old Rottweiler. Charlie is a 2 year old Cockaleer. They are otherwise known as the Paw Patrol...protecting the house and sounding the alarm when anyone arrives or deer are around! They are best friends! They love to play tug-of-war with toys, and Bro lets Charlie win."
Tucker is the "son" of friends that I've known for a long time. I loved this pose of him looking upwards, eager for a treat!
His Papa writes: "We have in our den photographs of all our children and grandchildren to which we just added a painting by Nina Davidowitz of our wonderful dog, Tucker, who was born on May 24, 2014 and adopted by us on November 11, 2014. Tucker is a white male Golden (Celtic) Doodle and the most lovable and friendliest pet we’ve had the good fortune to have become part of our Family. Nina’s portrait is truly magnificent in that it not only accurately portrays Tucker but most importantly reflects his very essence." Thank you for your kind words, Connie and Gene, and for giving me the opportunity to paint your beloved Tucker!
TACO - Young and Older
A dear friend sent me some photos of her dog Taco, who passed over the Rainbow Bridge some time ago. The photos were old and blurry, showing Taco as both a young and older dog. Since she wanted two paintings, I did one of each. Because the photos were hard to see clearly, I did my best, using photos of other Chihuahuas as reference. The best photo of the younger Taco was back-lit by the sun, creating a golden outline around her form. I decided to go with it, and used warmer hues for her portrait (below). I really liked her upright ears, and the little smile on her face!
Here's a little bit about Taco: "Taco came into our lives unexpectedly as a rescue and was a joy to us from 2001 - 2015. Weighing only 5 lbs and pure Love, she was the perfect family member. She loved being held, brought us joy just being her, comforted us in times of sadness with just her presence, never made a sound unless there was knock at the door at which time she became the family watchdog, traveled eagerly and easily by car or by plane, and was even a therapy dog when asked to comfort ailing strangers. She is with us forever in our hearts."
It's always interesting to get a chance to paint different breeds of animals. I had never painting a Vizsla...Ella was my first! I love her graceful shape and beautiful copper-colored coat. The background is a little different... a pointilist version of green woods and blue sky that compliment her profile.
Ella's grandmom had this to tell us about her: "Ella, my grandpup, came to Travis and Susan as a puppy all the way from Hungary and she quickly became the center of their lives, their BFF. Now 4 yrs old, she has boundless energy and is always ready for a walk or run and will play any game you ask or sit by your side, waiting patiently for your attention. She’s so smart and will entertain us doing doggie tricks but we know she does it because she knows we love her and she loves us right back."
Thank you to my most recent clients for sharing your stories with us! If you know of anyone who would enjoy this Pet Parade please feel free to share this post.
Would you like to commission a pet portrait and become part of my next Pet Parade? Simply contact me (click here) to get the process started.