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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss the details!
I painted Jebediah in the garden and then his owner told me that Jebediah likes to eat flowers so being surrounded by them would be a lot like walking through a salad garden. As a result of his appetite for foliage, he is actually not allowed anywhere near the garden. This is mainly a fantasy portrait both for his owner who wishes she could bring him into the garden and for Jebediah who most likely wishes he could eat the garden. It’s win-win and funny. At least I think it is. I am going to be giggling about this painting for weeks.
Jebediah sounds like he might be a bit of a rascal. I am pretty sure it’s because he is a Beagle. He can’t help himself and he just has good taste. Some flowers are just to delicious to resist!
I painted Jebediah using watercolor paint and India Ink. I think the black India ink really makes the colors pop. I started using it for the first time when I painted Trixie, Jebediah’s sister (not biologically, obviously). I like this ink because it is waterproof. I usually apply it to my painting last, but sometimes I decide to touch up a few spots with watercolor paint so having waterproof ink is really important. I don’t want any smudging! Is there anything worse than messing up a painting minutes before you are finished with it? Trust me, it has happened before! The waterproof India ink keeps me from crying. Ruining a painting a few minutes before completion makes me ball like a baby. Like a cranky baby with colic.
If you want to try it out here is the ink I use (affiliate link):
Jebediah has been sold already, but if you’d like me to paint a portrait of your dog in the garden (salad or otherwise) please contact me here for rates.
Stickman pets are the best. Little stick tails. Little stick feet. It’s just kind of hilarious, isn’t it? I really hope one of you draws some pet fish or maybe some stickman hamsters or something. There are so many pets to choose from. I wish I didn’t stick with the expected cats and dogs. I have all day to add my stickman pets to instagram though, so maybe I can add in a few more animals like a descented stickman pet skunk. That would be fun or funny, or maybe I am the only one who thinks so!
If you are new to the stickman drawing challenge, there is still time to start at the beginning. Take a minute now and visit day one. You can also see the prompt for each day for the whole month if you want to see what is coming next by clicking the prompts page here.
If you don’t have a pet, you can draw your friends pets, create your imaginary pet in stickman form, or go to the pet rescue shelter closest to you and adopt yourself a real, live pet to draw. Think of the great story you will have to tell your friends, “I started drawing stick figures and then I was compelled to adopt Howard here and we have been together ever since.” Pets are awesome!
Todays prompt is PETS so add your pets to the link tool below. If you get a chance, please share it on social media with the hashtag #31stickmen and maybe we can attract more friends to play our drawing game!