Tuesday, November 8, 2011
New Pet Portrait - Shawnee
This is another of those times when I almost wish I had a different occupation. I know the owner is hurting badly at this time and viewing any progress on the portrait will just hurt that much more.
I want my pet portraits to evoke good memories yet it's possible that the owner will look at the painting and remember only that Shawnee left this earth during the time the portrait was being painted. Shawnee's mom and I had talked of a portrait many times and I wish she had commissioned it when she first thought of it. I would encourage any pet owner to get a portrait done when your fur child is strong and healthy if you want one. Don't put it off.
I met Shawnee when she was ill and in some pain but her photos show her to have been a gorgeous black, silver and buff German Shepherd - very regal and almost wolf-like in her coloring. I'm painting her in acrylic and so want to do the best job possible with this painting. Of course, I always want to do that but I feel even more obligated to present Shawnee at her best in this portrait for the sake of her grieving "mama".
Run free at the Rainbow Bridge, Shawnee and be assured that your memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved you.