I found a photograph of Tiny-Small carrying a bouquet of flowers and decided to use her as a model for a fairy painting. In the photo she looks like she is really struggling with a giant flower bouquet. She is leaning forward, almost as if she is carrying a heavy sack, with the flowers flung over her shoulder. It’s one of my favorite pictures of her.
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.
Painting pet portraits for bloggers is so much fun. I mean, bloggers have a sense of humor unparalleled to people in any other kind of profession, except maybe actual comedians. There are many setbacks and failures associated with blogging and I won’t even get started on the competition factor, so, to keep at it, you have to be able to laugh at adversity and be a little silly. I mean, you can’t take it all so seriously or you’ll drive yourself completely crazy.
Remember when I painted these guinea pigs for my blogger friend Not Blessed Mama?
I had so much fun because she wanted rainbows. I mean, guinea pigs and rainbows are kind of funny, right? We talked about it a lot on Twitter. Funny tweets about unicorns and rainbows and guinea pigs was bantered back and forth. Until, one day, it all cemented into place and became a real thing. A real painting.
I am writing about this again because Not Blessed Mama has her guinea pig painting at home now and she wrote about it on her blog. She even has pictures of her guinea pigs looking at their own portraits which is humorous and a bit surreal. I swear one of them is trying to eat the grass right out of the painting. I found it so funny and so endearing.
Not Blessed Mama also made me blush with her flattering words about my art and about me as a person. It’s nice to have such good friends. I hope you will take a moment to go check out her blog post I Commissioned A Painting Of My Guinea Pigs because she is really funny and the pictures she posts with it are too.
Selling a painting is always a good thing, but selling one to a blogger brings me joy. I think that’s because they like to tell stories and when I get to hear the stories revolving around my painting it adds a new dimension to my creation. When I read about kids tearing the package open in excitement, or I get an email with two little girls holding the portrait I painted of them it just makes me happy. When I see the framing someone picked out and they share the conversations they had (and have) with their spouse about the painting, it just makes me feel like my painting has a life of its own.
I believe strongly that all paintings tell a story, usually more than one. Those stories create connections between people. They inspire people. I think, for me, that is what art is all about.