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Pet Portraits


We painted some beautiful pets yesterday….but we can’t share them all as some lucky people are getting them for gifts this year.  Yeah!

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Beautiful Pet Portraits

20160116_171528(0)-1 (2)  A fabulous group painting their pet’s portraits yesterday at The Studio. Nice work!!!

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"Lilly and Bella"

“Lilly and Bella”

We had a fun Pet Portrait Paint Party yesterday with wonderful portraits created.  I can share a few with you today but others will have to wait until after Christmas as they are going to be wonderful presents for friends and family.

Everyone did fabulous work.  Martin was painted twice by this sweet girl and her mom.  They did great paintings.  And Rebecca and Vivian did beautiful paintings of their sweet kitties.

Good work everyone!


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Margaret and Adele

This afternoon is the 1st Saturday Paint Party for 2014. We are painting our own pet portraits and the class is full.  But we will be scheduling another Paint Your Own Pet Portrait soon so be looking for the date.  And tomorrow we will post the results of this afternoons party.  This photo is of Margaret and Adele who painted their pets at the last session we held.

These parties are great fun and an excellent way to try your hand at painting even if you have never painted before.  It is a fun and relaxed environment and everyone comes out of it with a successful painting.  Consider joining us next month on the 1st Saturday.  Just contact kwalker@doubledogdesigns.com to register or to find out more.

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Meet Hawthorne.  He was a lovely little guy from Memphis.  His parents asked me to do his portrait for Christmas this year.  This painting of Hawthorne is an acrylic on canvas measuring 18″x18″.

I love doing pet portraits.  They are probably my favorite paintings to do because I love dogs so much.  The best part for me is seeing the photos that the “parents” send of their little fur children and reading their story.   Hawthorne’s folks have given me permission to share their story of Hawthorne.



I received an email from Hawthorne’s mom requesting the painting followed by a mailed packet with photos and a letter.  Here is how she described him…

“We found him – and then loved him.  He was all boy.  If there was a fence board loose he would find it; if something was left in a waste basket he’d eat it; early on he ate the arm of my leather chair!  But he was quite intelligent and soon figured out that behavior would find him looking for a new home!”

“If I had to guess I say he is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Beagle.  If there was a party, he wanted to be in the center of it; If Sam was camped out on the sofa Hawthorne was there too.  Sam called him the “Little Buddy” – and he really was.”





 “He was one good-looking guy and carried himself well pretty much into old age. ”

These are the kinds of descriptions that I love.  I can really get an idea of what Hawthorne meant to his family because of her letter. 

I love to meet the pet when I can but when that is impossible, a description like the one of Hawthorne works really well.





Several years ago I was asked to paint a portrait of Maggie, Hawthorne’s sister.  So when I got the photos of Hawthorne his parents shared some photos of Hawthorne and Maggie together.  I had to include them because they also help you to get a feel for Hawthorne’s personality.

So that’s how I get to know my subject if I can’t meet him.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how my process works in this way.

And I love Hawthorne’s story and photos.  I hope his folks will like his painting.  It’s on its way home to Memphis to join his sister’s painting hanging in their home.  Nice to meet you Hawthorne!

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