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Beavis, “I said good-day, sir.”

Beavis,

When I bought this doll-sized top hat at the craft store, the clerk asked, “Are you making a snow-man?”

“No,” I replied. “It’s for my dog.”

Beavis, my one-eyed Pekingese, looks like a proper British gentleman in this hat. I can’t not laugh when I see the photo, from the hat, to his stubby bowed legs, to how cute he is with a hair cut (his little tail!!!!), to his jacked up crooked teeth. I knew I had to paint it.

The uninspiring background of the beat up sidewalk and weeds were replaced with pavers edged in river rock and a flower garden.

Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.

Beavis' reference photo.

Beavis’ reference photo.

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Newton the Great

Newton

Newton was a giant of a cat with a personality to match. While he looks like a grump in his photo, he was the happiest, purriest cat I ever met, and loved to sit his 20 pound plus tushy right in the middle of your chest. So I gave him a little more of a smile in his portrait. :) Painted in 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 16×20.

Newton's reference photo.

Newton’s reference photo.

 

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Heidi the Dachshund

Heidi

This is one of my favorites. Heidi’s glossy coat gave nice highlights on her fur. Added a little flower bed in the background to break up the monotony of grass, grass and more grass. Painted in 2006. Oil on canvas, 11×14.

Heidi's reference photo.

Heidi’s reference photo.

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Runt the Chihuahua

Runt the Chihuahua

Runt the Chihuahua, also known as “Little Shitter,” is a good example of how a so-so photo can turn into a beautiful painting with a change of background. Painted in 2006. Oil on canvas, 16×20.

Runt's reference photo.

Runt’s reference photo.

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Beavis on the Back Porch

Beavis

My one-eyed Pekingese Beavis, on the back porch. Painted in 2006. Oil on canvas, 11×14.

Beavis' reference photo.

Beavis’ reference photo.

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