Our friends dog, Samantha, passed away recently. I am working on painting a portrait of Samantha as a gift. Samantha was an amazing dog. She visited a local nursing home weekly to cheer up the residents. She was a natural-born healer and touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She was really special and will be missed by many. I plan to write more about her later.
I wasn’t planning on painting her today. I have a few reference photos given to me by her owner. I happened to be looking at them today so I could start planning a 16×20 acrylic collage painting. I started sketching Samantha out today when one of the reference photos caught my eye and I just had to paint it with alcohol inks. I’m pretty excited to be able to give our friend two paintings of her beloved dog. I figure some dogs are just to important to have only one portrait painted!
I haven’t painted a dog in a long time so it felt really good to be making marks for fur and putting that gleam in the eye. I really should paint more animals. I am always happy when I finish a dog or cat painting. In the photo I used as a reference it looks like Samantha was peeking out from under the bed. I had fun recreating that moment in ink!
If you’d like your dog painted, I do take commissions. Just email me at email@example.com and we can discuss the details!