A blog about my thoughts and my love of artwork as it develops. It reflects some of the basic steps that I go through to achieve the artwork which is eventually presented to Spicher and Co, an innovative design firm that manufactures artwork for the trade. The why, what, how, and where are a few of the questions that I attempt to answer as I blog away! This is a tiny window into the life of a painter, and my hope is that my love for life shines through in the objects that I work to create.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Dog Portraits for Spicher and Company
Jill and Scout
My sweet little pups.
Many of you know that I have two dogs. Early in my life, I would have never thought of myself as a dog person but strange things happen when you have children.
I have three boys. One day, my middle boy came home from school and said, "I want a dog."
"No!" I said. "I am not going to have to clean up after dogs going to the BR on my carpeting. "
He went on to beg. It was quite a sight. He went on to tell me that he was praying that I would change my mind. Oh boy. That Christmas, he spent all of his money on dog toys, dishes, and beds. This boy has always had so much faith. Talk about twisting my heart in a pretzel. Truthfully, a whole calendar year passed with Billy faithfully praying and me continuing to protest. One day, he came home from school and said, "Mom, should I stop asking God for a dog." I felt this little voice inside my heart saying, "You are my hands and feet." From that point forward, things fell in line, and we were given Jill by a friend who needed someone to take her. What a gift this dog has been. I just love her.
I took off the MY LOVE part. Her hair is actually more champagne colored but I liked it looking white and clean. I like clean things. LOL.
See you clearly tell that her hair is champagne in coloring. Don't be upset, it's my painting. She is such a sweet dog.
I have another dog, too, that I clean up after. Her name is Scout. She is a beagle. She is a remarkable dog. She has a huge mouth, a jealous streak, and cries when she doesn't get her way. She's not as mature as my Girl. I love her, too, though. She actually listens. I mean really listens and obeys.
This was the reference material that I used to paint her. Like Jill, it's not exact, but it still captures her personality.
I see these dog portraits in a double white frame. (See Below).
This is one of my Mermaids from www.spicherandco.com
You can't actually tell from the picture, but there is a piece of glass that is floating between the white liner and the actual frame of this print. I believe the frame is WCWL.
I have a very dear friend that this very sweet Bernise Mountain Dog belongs to. His name was Gipper and he just passed away. When I would go to see my friend, I would always take the time to pet this dog. He was huge and had a heart to match. Gipper is my next portrait.
I have another friend that owns this beautiful Whippet. This is the most graceful dog you will ever find. When she runs thru the yard, it's like a ballerina. She will be after Gipper.