Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great summer and are now looking forward to all the fun Fall activities ahead.
Over the summer, I had a chance to “hang out” with some wonderful Pets as I painted their portraits and I can’t wait to share them with you. This month features several different fun breeds of pups, one of which is a special elderly rescue who passed away soon after her portrait was completed. It’s a poingnant reminder that life is so short. Our furbabies are so dear to us! Your original pet portrait, painted with love, is a wonderful keepsake that will bring a smile to your face and a hug to your heart every day.
This month, say hello to George, Coco, Tanner, Caymus and Mikey!
Handsome George is an 11 year old Cockapoo who is super cuddly and sweet! George travels with his family, spending his time in the summers on the Eastend of Long Island and his winters in Jupiter, Florida. His favorite activities are boating and beach walking. When I paint these portraits, I usually I work from photos that the owners send me. With George, I actually got to meet him personally and take some photos during my visit. Working with George’s mom, I created the lovely background color to match her interior decor. I love mixing colors! And doing a painting in a larger size is always fun, too. A big thank-you to his mom who said I did “an amazing job” capturing George’s likeness and inner spirit! Love you, George!
Beloved Coco recently passed over the rainbow bridge, only a short time after her portrait was painted. I had a chance to visit Coco and get to know her over the summer...what a sweetheart! She was a rescue dog. As a senior, it is often hard to get adopted. Here is the story of how she came to be with her new family in Maryland:
"Coco and her rescue brother, Roscoe, belonged to a gentleman in North Carolina who passed away. The dogs meant so much to him that they were mentioned in his obituary! But alas, they were dumped at a local shelter.
Roscoe was pulled by another rescue group fairly quickly and broken hearted Coco was left alone. Imagine losing your human owner and your best doggie friend in less than a week!
She came to my (i.e., her rescue angel) attention through a volunteer at the shelter. Wonderful Kathleen said she would love to adopt Coco and a match made in heaven began. The volunteer drove Coco halfway to the eastern shore where we met her and her husband and Coco. Needless to say, no dry eyes were there as we drove away. Coco and Kathleen immediately fell in love and Coco was able to spend the last 2 years of her life bringing joy to everyone who met her!
The effort put into saving each dog by strangers never ceases to amaze me. And this story illustrates how wonderful beloved animals end up in shelters through no fault of their own.”
Cutie Tanner is such a good boy! I love this pose, which shows how alert he is, with his head cocked to one side and a hint of a little smile on his face. I have not had the pleasure of meeting him but I know that he is loved very much by his family. I was commissioned to do this painting as a gift for a friend of a friend. Originally, I had painted an orangey-red background which I thought would go well with his coloring. Luckily before shipping it, I re-read my notes only to discover that Tanner’s mom’s favorite color was purple! So, Tanner went back to the easel and now is surrounded by this happy hue. I love getting suggestions from my clients as to the colors in their paintings. And this was a good reminder for me to always read my notes carefully before jumping in! Sending love and hugs to Tanner and his family.
Caymus was a beautiful Golden retriever who was with us for many years but is now living over the Rainbow Bridge. I had fun sorting through the owners’ numerous photos of him, seeing him change from a younger pup to a very regal and handsome older dog with golden mane. Unfortunately some of the photos of him as an older pup were great but hard to see the details. So, I chose to portray him as a youngster…full of energy and ready for fun. He loved to play with tennis balls!
I could tell that it was difficult for his mom and dad to deal with the loss of Caymus, so I took extra care to put lots of love into this one. I was so touched to hear their reaction when they recieved their painting… “OMG - your beautiful portrait of our Caymus arrived last night & we absolutely love it! It brought tears to our eyes - you captured him beautifully. I can’t wait to find the perfect spot in our new home for him!” Thank you for the oppotunity and the honor to paint Caymus!
Mikey was a Newfoundland who lived to the amazing old age of 15 1/2 years. He was the family pet of my sister and brother-in-law, and my niece commissioned me to do this portrait as a thank-you gift. I remember when we would visit with Mikey long ago, my kids (who were little) thought he was a pony! He was so fluffy and sweet. Here’s what Mikey’s family remembers about him:
“Mikey was the most gentile giant. While small for a Newfoundland, he was sure big enough while the children were growing up. He always thought he was a big lap dog and was extremely protective of our family. The kids could do anything to him and he would just smile. He was very protective with a kind-hearted manor.
Mikey loved running around the back yard and hanging out with the family. He loved to lay outside. In the winter he would end up being covered in snow – then just come in a shake it off!
His eyes were soulful – a character that you were able to capture in the painting beautifully.”
Mikey, you are missed and we all send our love to you over the Rainbow Bridge…where I am sure you are having fun…frolicking and laying in the cool, crisp snow!
Thank you for taking the time to read this season’s Pet Parade! If you know of anyone who would enjoy having a unique rememberance of their pet…be it a dog, cat, bird or bunny…please share this with them! I love bringing happines to people’s hearts and homes.