Sunday, November 23, 2008
Art - The Gift of Giving to a Dog Lover - a Magical Experience
Something magical happens each time I paint a pet's portrait. It was no different with this painting of Licorice.
I experienced such pleasure in getting to know Licorice and in painting him.
I had first met Licorice running through the hallway to greet me. He is a vivacious dog of 12 yrs. This black yorkshire terrier / poodle mix has a huge heart and in spite of his small size, his energy is that of a young dog. I made a mental note of those saturated, vibrant colors that are reflected in the owner's love for modern american southwest art and knew that I would incorporate those expressive colors of turquoise, purple, rusty orange and brilliant yellows in my painting.
While painting , I couldn't help but feel Licorice's strong upbeat personality, so tangible... almost as if he was in the room with me. Such a moving experience that it brought tears to my eyes. It was in that second that I remembered why I love to paint animals. Their spirit and their unique personality really speak to me; and to be able to transfer this moment into something tangible is a miracle. To pass this on to a pet's owner is a gift to me.
One of the greatest satisfactions that an artist can have is seeing the utter joy in a client. It was no different when I delivered the portrait to my client. After unwrapping Licorice's portrait, his owner jumped up and down in delight. As an artist, I can't tell you just how much that means to me, for it is an experience that truly lasts forever.
An added bonus, was when I had helped to hang Licorice's portrait only to discover that the room had been painted recently AND that this new colour of was exactly the same as one of the background colours in the portrait. It couldn't have been a better match.
Now that I have finished this portrait it is back to the studio to start on some commissioned drawings, all to be gifts ready in time for Christmas.
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