Pencil and pastel – 2013. I recently drew these two for a work colleague of my husband’s who wanted it for a wedding anniversary gift for his wife. It was a challenge, that’s for sure, as one dog is three times bigger than the other. I decided that the only way to get them in the same portrait was to get them to lie down together and have them at the same level. The black and white contrast was also interesting and messy at times. This portrait took a little longer than I would have liked due to health problems but it’s now off to the framers to be finished off and packed ready to go to it’s new home.
Archive for the ‘Pet Portraiture’ Category
Pastel and Pencil 2012. The most recent addition to my portfolio is the lovely Molly, a golden Labrador. I did this portrait from a few photos that I took of Molly in August last year. Not long after I took these photos, Molly passed away unexpectedly. Naturally, her Mum was devastated. Molly was a beautiful dog with a big smile and a gentle nature, always ready for plenty of pats.
She will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Molly.
Pastel and pencil, 2011. I was given a few photos of this lovely girl a few months ago, and I thought about how I wanted to present this for a while. The portrait was for a friend of mine, who is going through her own personal battle with illness. Jezza was no longer with her, and she wanted a nice memory of her beautiful companion – so I wanted to do this right. I hope that I have brought out her true personality in this portrait, just like her mum would want.
Pencil and Pastel, 2011. Personal creation for my family of myself and my best fur-friend, Jackson. Although Jackson passed away three years ago, he still has a special place in my heart. This is my tribute to him. I have tried to recreate from photo as true as possible, although I have changed colours and posture slightly for effect.
Pencil and Pastel. 2011. A new portrait for a local lady who cherishes her ‘bonny boy’ Sam. Sam is a loving soul with a great personality. Sam considers himself to be very much a part of the household and the ‘baby’ of the family. Despite his size he is always ready to sit on Mum’s lap at the first available opportunity. Sam has that lovely golden tone of the Labrador and shows off his happy disposition with his beautiful smile.
Pastel 1999. I did this portrait many years ago while my much loved Jackson was still with us. I was experimenting with new pastels while I was at college and married two separate photographs together to make the one drawing. I amazed at how one colour can have so many different shades of light. I cherish this drawing, as it was taken from one of the last photographs of Jackson, and I have mounted it on the wall next to my drawing table.
Pastel 2009. I created Kutcha for a local business woman of her long-time faithful companion. I met Kutcha a few years ago when she was a puppy and her mum thought that 2009 was Kutcha’s time for a sitting, as she wasn’t getting any younger and her looks could go at any time! (Kutcha, not her mum) Kutcha graciously posed for some time until she got tired of my fussing and went under the house for a nap. Trying to coax the blue heeler out from her favourite snooze spot was near impossible, but the end result was a brilliant portrait of a beautiful, slightly jaded blue girl.
Pastel. I created the portrait of Tiger late in 2009 as a memorial to a much loved and slightly naughty boy. Tiger was a big and beautiful dog, with lots of personality, and his Mum and Dad missed him terribly. Once again, I only had a couple of old and dodgy photos to go on, one of him as a puppy, and one long shot of him in the back yard just before he died. These were the only memories of Tiger that they had, so I tried to create a likeness as best as I could. Tiger had a brindle pattern, which was difficult to pick up in photograph of him in the back yard when he was older, but Tiger’s Mum and Dad were very happy with the end result. They have referred a couple more fur kids onto me!
Pastel 2007. Rajah’s mum came to me with a couple of old photographs. One was of Rajah when he was a puppy, and the other one was when he was very old. These were the only photos she had, and as Rajah was now very ill, she wanted something to remember him by that would combine his youthful ‘puppiness’ with his older and wiser status. This portrait involved a lot of ‘face-lifting’ to get the right look, and while not exactly like the photos, Rajah’s mum was happy with the end result. Not long after this was done in December 2007, Rajah passed away peacefully.
Pastel 2006. This portrait was a gift from a friend to a friend who had lost her precious companion, Purrcival, and was grieving. It was a covert operation, and I only had two old photographs of Purrcival walking around in his garden to go with. Any other photographs were difficult to obtain, if available at all. Purrcival was a challenge, as he had tabby markings which had to be precise. When the friend came to pick the final portrait up, she commented on how much like Purrcival it actually was, and was to later report on how thrilled his mum was to be given this precious gift.
Pastel 2001. I drew Lilly many years ago on A3 sized paper, and added the puppy, Jake, as an afterthought. Lilly looked beautiful on her own, as she always did – and I was asked to add the lively little puppy to the almost completed picture. On reflection I think Jake deserved his own slot on a separate page, and so I plan to add the now adult Jake in the next few months to my portfolio, if I can get him to sit still for long enough, and his Mum can catch him.
Pastel 2007. Cindy was a gift to a client’s special mum. Cindy was pretty special herself, having reached the grand old age of 17 and still going strong. She loved to pose for photos, although she didn’t move that fast anymore, so she couldn’t get away from our budding photographers. She had quite a few grey hairs and one of her eyes was permanently closed from old age, and I was asked to ‘spruce her up’ a little. I didn’t do much, she just lost a little of her white hairs and I opened up her bad eye, and she looked great! She really does look like the ‘grand old lady’ that she is.
Pastel 2004. Bubba’s portrait was a Christmas present to his Mum in 2006. Bubba was spoiled rotten and could often be found numbing his Mum’s legs as he squeezed into the recliner chair beside her. As he was a rather large dog, this was reasonably hard to achieve. He was the king of the household and his happy personality came through in the photographs. I particularly enjoyed putting this one together, the black and whites are wonderful to work with. Bubba passed away in late 2009, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Pastel 2007. Kyla, so I was told, was a stylish little miss who liked to run the household. She certainly liked to pose for photographs, and the three that I received were clear and easy to work from. Kyla’s Mum reported that as soon as she saw a camera, Kyla would stop and lay down for the front shot, then move to sit up and turn around for a profile. I chose a face on shot to work from, as it showed her beautiful face and her ‘mascared’ eyes off the best.