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. This connects me with my subject, and I feel like we are communing and keeping each other company during the whole process. It is very rewarding when clients tell me that I managed to capture the spirit as well as the likeness of their loved ones. I'm happy that these paintings, which will last a lifetime, ring true to heart.
So now it is time to help me celebrate this roundup of the cute'n furry friends I've have painted recently...the January Pet Parade! Their human companions have sent me a few words about them. I hope you enjoy their stories! Please feel free to comment if you have a pet of a similar breed or personality, or any stories you have to share with us and our readers.
"Gracie was an Australian Shepherd. Her dad was the brown dog with the white fur collar at the beach in Marley and Me. We joked that she didn’t have the discipline to be an actress that got paid, so she just practiced all the time with us. She loved to watch tv…especially basketball. When hearing one musical note of a commercial with an animal in it, she ran to the tv to watch the commercial. She loved to swim and loved all people and all animals!"
"Haggis is a 5 year old Gordon Setter. He has a very loving and docile personality, and can have boundless energy and enjoy huge naps. He joyfully greets most visitors by taking their whole hand or forearm in his mouth, his tail constantly wagging. Haggis also has quite a vocabulary, as most Gordon’s do, another expression of their wonderful personalities. He has hunted for game birds here in PA, and loves tearing about the woods or lawns wherever he is. He very much loves the ocean, and he just doesn’t understand why all those seagulls don’t fly right to him! He shares his world with his 3 sisters, Hudson and Gracie, (English springer spaniels) and Chelsea, also a Gordon."
BULLET and HARPER
"Bullet is 7 and Harper is 2...they are both Springer Spaniels. They are such great buddies! They can usually be found laying together during the day, sharing a chair. Bullet was a rescue at 11 months and is best known for his eyebrows (!) and being a true "velcro" Springer…he loves spending time on his daddy's lap. Harper is "mommy's girl"...she is super smart and loves swimming. Her grandfather was the 2007 Westminster Dog Show CHAMPION - she's almost royalty (...at least SHE thinks she is)!"
OLIVE and PETUNIA
"Olive, a Maltese, and Petunia, a Yorkshire terrier, come to work with us most days. Olive is a sweetheart and the greeter at the office. If you left her in a room and closed the door you wouldn’t find her until you went back into the room; she doesn’t know to bark! Good thing she is cute because she’s not too smart. She doesn’t know she is a dog. She is more like a parrot because she sits on my shoulder while I drive! Petunia is Olive's older sister. Some days she wants to go to work and some days she doesn’t. This little one knows what she wants and she will make it known. She’s a lover but she is high maintenance!"
"Indy will be missed by his family and friends, as he has gone over the Rainbow 🌈 Bridge. A tiny, but feisty little guy, who was always ready to play and gave a ‘cocked head’ when spoken to! He enjoyed many rounds of tug-o-war with his cousin Oscar, they were evenly matched Yorkie-Poos!"
Thank you for joining in the fun of our January Pet Parade! If you know anyone who would enjoy this posting, please pass it along.
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