Sunday, March 15, 2009

Just Chillin'

Just Chillin"
pastel on black card stock
Jan Gibson

I haven't been doing much in the way of my own art recently but had to paint this little one. I was in the pet store where I buy dog food and a couple came in with two Papillons and this little 10-week old Chihuahua puppy. All of the dogs were soooo cute that I just wanted to eat them up! I got permission to photograph all the dogs and plan to paint each of them eventually.

This puppy really got to me though, and even being busier than a one-armed paper hanger, I did this quick painting. I wish I'd done it on something other than black stock though. I just couldn't cover the black paper well enough to suit me so I may re-paint this at another time.

The puppy's name is Tia and she was dressed in a tiny pink hoodie and held close to her owner for warmth. I had to take some artistic license as a hand covered most of her body in the photo so I wrapped her in a blanket instead of the little shirt she was actually wearing.

Although I really love all kinds of animals, especially dogs, I'm not usually so taken with one. This little girl was certainly the exception! Hope you all enjoy her too.


pencilportraits said...

This is just adorable, you could pick the dog up and give a big cuddle it looks so cute.

Teresa Mallen said...

A lovely piece Jan. I think it looks great on the black surface. Wonderful, expressive eyes!

"JeanneG" said...

Very cute. I had a similar fascination with a dog when we had our taxes figured. The tax preparer and his wife had a teeny tiny pomeranian and I just fell in love with it. Just a busy little guy. I hope to get a photo so I can draw him too.

Jan said...

Karie-Ann, if you could give her a cuddle from this painting, you would really flip out to see her in person! She really is adorable.

Thanks, Teresa. I thought the black stock would really make her pop but I lost the tooth before the black spots were covered as well as I wanted.

Hey, Jeanne, isn't it weird how some animals just really get to you? I hope you get some photos too as I would really like to see when you draw him!