I’ve been busy doing some commissioned pet portraits lately, working from pictures provided by the owner. I used to be able to take the picture myself and pose the pet with appropriate lighting. But with Covid I haven’t been making “home visits” so the portraits are a bit more of a challenge.
The main challenge is to get the eyes right so you can see that doggie love manifest. And yes, this one has one blue and one gold eye!
One of my favorite pets to paint is a llama. The eyes are so outrageously large and the long hair is just too gorgeous.
And yes, this is the puppy version of the first dog, already showing signs of great intelligence.
The portrait project at The Living Room is keeping me joyfully busy these days, collecting the stories of these women who have become my friends. They have all been homeless and many of them still are. They have that is common, along with other things I couldn’t have known about without spending hours listening to them. They possess a kind of hard won wisdom and a desire to minister to others who are down on their luck.
. . .Like Carmen, who leaned in to tell me her secret, “Sleeping on the streets you learn to be grateful for what you do have, and it makes you strong.”
Carmensita is almost always to be found by her side. She is the white “Yoda” in the stroller below. Likely she is dog sitting the large hound by her side.