Mischu (hope I’m spelling that right!) is my brother and sister in law’s dog. His papers say he’s a Shih Tzu, but he looks more like a Pekingese. But he acts more like a Shih Tzu. Such a sweetie-pie. This was a gift for them. I didn’t have a good picture of Mischu, but even a so-so pick can make a beautiful painting, once you add a better background and get rid of the laser eyes from flash. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
Mischu’s reference photo.
Memorial painting of my handsome Fergus. He and his brother Pippin were feral stray kittens rescued from under my neighbor’s porch. He was a wonderful boy, with slightly crossed eyes and the most gentle disposition of any cat I’ve ever known. He sadly passed away at the tender age of two. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 8×10.
Fergus’ reference photo.
I love when I have a great photo to use as reference, and Sugar’s mom Lissa is a great photographer. This adorable Eskimo was a delight to paint. Painted in 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 11×14.
Sugar’s reference photo.
Memorial painting of my girl Sheba sitting on her favorite chair. I love the chair, too, but the nose on the Man of the Wind face on the back pokes you right in the spine, so it’s better off as a very fancy cat bed.
I didn’t have a good photo of her on the chair, so I improvised with a photo of the chair and a photo of her. Painted in 2006. Oil on canvas, 16×20.
Sheba’s reference photo.
Man of the Wind chair.
Loved painting this one! The flowers were so beautiful on the original photo, and Norm’s just adorable. Painted in 2005. Oil on canvas, 11×14.
Norman’s reference photo.