Here is another of my doggie acquaintances…Roxy. She came to visit me a couple of weeks ago with her person, Amanda, who grew up next door. Did you ever see such a sweet face, or eyes that were more like bright little buttons……or a wonkier pair of ears. Sometimes I get real lucky and she gets doggie-sat by me. Looking for that to happen any time!
This cat has lost her marbles lately. After wakening me from deep sleeps last night because she figured she wanted to be out rather than in, she then spent the day imposing her will upon me as well! When I try to ignore her, this beseeching look along with loud plaintive wails, soon have me hustling to do her bidding. Not sure when she stopped being my cat and I started being her bell hop.
Well, here’s the portrait I did last week, before my portrait class. What can be cuter than a child with a pup (and a cuter kid would be hard to find!…which which doesn’t hurt either).
There were several elements that made this a real challenge to paint, and when I see it here I feel it’s not finished yet. However, for today, this is it!
14 x 10″ on 300lb Fabriano
Here’s a drawing I did earlier in the week, and NOW I’m at a portrait workshop. Four days in Canmore with Liz Wiltzen. It really is a great life! We drew all day today. Pencil on paper. Too bad I didn’t know then what I learned today! Will have to attempt this portrait of a child and a puppy again, once I have this workshop under my belt.
14 X 10″ on 300lb Fabriano
It was a “dog day” today. Nothing but a dog would do. So I did another portrait of my good friend Stu. The day I met him, he was out & about with his person, Brenda, and there were no livestock around. We wanted him to do his border collie “thing” and look all intense. All he could think to do was look pretty. There was obviously no work to do! So this is Stu with no horses to supervise or cattle to herd…..having a day off.
A few weeks ago, friends showed up at the horse sale in Maple Creek with seven red and blue heeler pups! They were the most adorable pups in the world and at the cutest possible wiggly fat stage of puppy-dom. And seven of them!! Needless to say, the kids (who were pretty darn adorable themselves) were in heaven; there was no fighting or tears because….there was a pup for everyone.
Well, I finished the portrait of Stu, and hope that his people think that I’ve captured him. I had to go back and hang out with Stu for a second time, so that I could see him in “action” as the working dog he is. He keeps an eagle eye on those pesky horses, just to be sure none of them get out of line. Stu is quite a guy, and I enjoyed every moment of doing this portrait.
10 X 14″ on 300lb Fabriano
Meet Jack, the right hand man on my brother-in-law’s ranch in Saskatchewan. The place is situated in a series of beautiful rolly hills, and each hill shelters copses of trees and brush. Moving cattle there can drive you mad as they break for every bunch of brush and then refuse to budge. The only sane way to manage is to have really good dogs. And that is Jack; a really good dog. SOLD
Meet Moe, a pup belonging to some of the young people in my family, who just wins hearts wherever he goes. Lately though, feeling a bit of cabin fever, he took himself out to the highway and hitched a ride to the bright lights of Medicine Hat
After several hours of terrible anxiety, his location was discovered; Winston & Jolene went to town and broke him out of the crowbar hotel. Hopefully that’s enough adventuring for awhile.
This little portrait is of Brit, a beautiful Australian Shepherd who belongs to my friends at Kananaskis Guest Ranch. Brit is a very intuitive, brilliant and low maintenance mutt. She’s happiest when her “family” is all together, and she’s available to help out. She doesn’t go in for plane rides or a lot of other frills. We can add sensible to her list of attributes.
5 X 7″ on 140lb Fabriano