Painting of Ralphie

I forgot to post about this guy back when I painted him! It is always fun to paint older pets, so much white sprinkled in with the gold. Painting text was a new challenge in this one, I definitely don’t feel that it is my strong suit, but hey I tried and it’s on fabric so it is a bit more forgiving.

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One thing I love to do is ask about the pet I am painting and learning about the quriks special to them. I love it when long descriptions like this are sent!

“Ralphie is a very social gold retriever who grew up on a lake.  When he was young he would roam the neighborhood looking for new friends.  If he found a party sometimes he wouldn't come home until the next day!  Although he does like other dogs, we like to joke he likes dog people more.  He also loves going to stone's throw brewing to get pets and beg for treats from the food trucks.  My parents bring him there every Friday.  They like to joke that he has to make it to his shift as a greeter. They even made him a bandana. He is very well known there.  Sometimes if we take him on a walk somewhere complete strangers will recognize him!  

Ralphie loves food.  I don't think he really cares what though.  He has even gotten in trouble for eating the neighbors cabbage out of her garden.  He loves everything from hotdogs to brussel sprouts.  His favorite toy is a stuffed California quail that  makes an authentic bird call.  He also likes to carry around shoes but never chews them.  We have  tried to get him other ones but  he hasn't liked them. One thing Ralphie does not do however is retrieve.”

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 That face!

That face!

Thoughts on Pet Painting

So I have been painting pets for over a year now, each week I get a new batch of pets and commissions to work on. Cats, dogs, birds, turtles, you name it, I have probably painted it. You think this could get old, but no, I can honestly say that I still LOVE IT! Every week it is really exciting to get a new group of pets to paint!

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Between working on commissions and chewy paintings, guess what, I still paint pets! Currently working on creating a collection of breeds of both cats and dogs. It is really rewarding to create and capture their personalities. I think it is because each one is different, each pet and breed has their own quirks that really add to the painting and the painting experience.

I can get tired, some days I find myself spacing out and really having to motivate myself to get up and paint. However, knowing I get a new bunch of paintings to do each week really works out for the best. It really keeps things interesting. Same whenever I get a new commission I get super excited when it is time for the photos!

Anyway, after a year, I still love painting pets! So send ‘em my way!

Order your pet painting for Christmas!

The holiday shopping season is steadily creeping up on us! A gift of custom artwork is one that can't be beat, it is a very personal way to show someone that you care about them! I will work with you to create something that you and those you are gifting to will love for a very long time. 

PET PORTRAITS

I will be open to accepting inquiries until the end of the November for pet portraits that can be delivered before Christmas. This date may change depending on how many portraits I get to do between now and then. So be sure to check back in with me! (Also if you happen to want a huge painting I may not be able to guarantee completion before Christmas.) Start your order here. 

GIFT CERTIFICATES

If you are interested in a custom painting and it is too late to order it, or don't have access to photos, my gift certificates are another option. They allow the recipient to take part in the fun creation process, such as picking out what photo they want or background color. Gift certificates can be found here!  *Gift certificate orders must be placed no later than December 19th for Christmas delivery. Gift certificates redeemed between Dec. 1st - 25th don't guarantee a delivery by Dec. 25th.*

 NEW PRODUCTS

Coming sooon I will be adding some breed specific products to order on my website, such as tote bags, pillowcases and more. Check back at the end of October to see these products!

 

Maxine, Frankie Louise, Daisy Mae, & Quincy Oil Painting

This was a really awesome and challenging painting to paint! It was a larger one and as you can see has 4 subjects! From left to right they are Maxine, Frankie Louise, Daisy Mae, & Quincy. 

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This one was a really fun one because it involved combining lots of references together and getting the lighting right on them. Each dog was in their own photo, two of them have passed. We actually did not have an official photo of one of the dogs and worked off of many photos to re-create her. Overall it was a really large challenge but very fun!