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wp-1595115958574.jpg A small group came for Pet Portrait painting yesterday….and they did an amazing job!  We’ll be painting pets again on Saturday, August 15th at 1 pm.  Click here to register.

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I have been wanting to make this Garden Pole for sometime…. it’s really a Memory Pole.   It has all the names of the dogs who have lived with me in Virginia.  I plan to put it in a place that I can see everyday as I leave and enter the house.

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wp-1593945684395.jpg I was recently commissioned by my brother-in-law to paint a pet portrait of his best friend’s Cavalier that they had just lost.  His name was Toby and he was a very successful show dog for several years.  In his retirement he kept his “dad” company.  I was told that the recipients loved the painting…and then I got this text …the kind of message that makes me love the work I do:

“Hi Kelly.  I just wanted to thank you for the portrait of Toby that Billy and Suzanne asked you do do for me.  Toby came into Lynnette’s and my life as a little fur ball that Lynnette bought unseen over the phone.  We knew early on that he was no ordinary dog.  He helped us get through the loss of our two sons and over time became like my third son.   I miss him dearly. 
I didn’t mean to go on but hoped this would demonstrate how much this means to me.  You have a special gift and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I wish you the best that life has to offer.”

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Pet Portraits

wp-1592707254350.jpgPet Portraits are always the most fun!  Yesterday we were back painting pets.  Beautiful work!

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wp-1589584117784.jpgJust completed another commission….Reggie.  He’s gone home to live with the other commissions I did recently…Buddy and Bo.  Reggie is a beautiful Shepherd that serves as a service dog for his dad.  He’s amazing!

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wp-1589497089240.jpg The family group returned yesterday for another session of painting and once again, they did great!  They painted the family dog, a big sunflower and a big abstract flower.  Very nice work!!!!  They are going to have nice pieces to take back home to Kentucky.

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wp-1588713775176.jpgThis is sweet Maggie…a beautiful Cocker Spaniel that was Denise’s pup years ago.  She asked me to do a portrait of her recently so she could hang it with the portraits of the other two she has had…Luke and Sadie.  You can see Sadie here.

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wp-1588008142341.jpgBrendas Ella SunsetNine years ago, a childhood friend asked me to paint her sweet dog wearing Doggles.  Click here to see it.  Last month she again asked me to paint for her.  She had this lovely photo of her sweet dog, Ella, laying in the yard watching the sunrise just a few days before she passed.  It was such a sweet image.  This is the painting that I am sending off to her today.  I texted her the photo of the painting and she loved it!  🙂

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Penny for Denise KJust finished the portrait of Penny, a sweet little Corgi that got to spend her final years in the lap of luxury with a wonderful person and animal lover. Thank goodness for the special people like Denise who will take in old dogs and love them until the end.

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wp-1587233796631.jpgSo excited to get to do a private pet portrait session today.  They all did a marvelous job on these.  Amazing!  Thanks girls for a fun afternoon.

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