Posts Tagged ‘pet portrait’

Gracie from MemphisI always love it so much when someone I have painted a commission for in the past contacts me to work for them again.  This year I heard from Sam from Memphis who I had painted two of his dogs for before and he needed a portrait of Gracie….a rescue they had recently lost.  Here is what he told me about her:  “As I know you like some background on the dogs you paint here is Gracie’s story. We found her. Late one night Charlotte thought she saw a coyote, but it ran away quick. The next morning our next door neighbor called to tell us there was a dying dog on their porch, I don’t know if the coyote and Gracie were the same animal or not, but believe so. Well this dog wouldn’t let anyone get near her but me…..and only because I got on my belly to crawl up to her. I took her to the vet where we found out that she was near starving to death. We took her home and nursed her back to health, never thinking we would keep her as we had 2 dogs already.  Charlotte named her Gracie, saying that all but the grace of me that she would be dead.  Well it turns out that we found a girl that wanted her, with two small kids. She needed surgery, she was pregnant and had a ruptured spleen, either from abuse or a car, and the vet said she had to remain quiet for 6 weeks, which meant she couldn’t go to the home with kids, and would have to say with us for 6 weeks. You guessed it. After 6 weeks we Graciecouldn’t give her up. Maggie, the blonde lab died a year or so later. Hawthorne died 4 or 5 years later.  So Gracie was queen of the roost by herself for the next 10 years….she lived to be 16.  She was a pretty mellow dog. Always wanted to be in the same room as us, or if we were outside she wanted to be outside. Was as sweet a dog as you ever want to meet, but wasn’t really affectionate. I bet in 16 years she only licked me 2 or 3 times. Very well behaved and socialized. Can’t remember her getting into trouble……unlike Hawthorne who was constantly in trouble.  She too wore a colorful color like all our dogs, but she had so much hair you can’t see it.  Well hopefully this gives you some idea of her personality.”

Then yesterday I got this nice email from Sam…”We love it!!!! Charlotte cried. She thought you captured her likeness very well. And the red is great. We will hang it tomorrow and I will send a picture. Thanks again so much. ”

I love a happy ending!

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We had family and friends painting together at The Studio yesterday creating fabulous Pet Portraits.

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commission-1Here is a Birthday/Christmas present that I painted this month.  Got this message yesterday….

“Terry absolutely loved the painting . He said you captured her eyes and eye brows perfectly . Thank you soooo much.”  

I love it when clients let me know if the gift was appreciated.  🙂

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We had a great session of painting pet portraits at The Studio yesterday afternoon.  Several people were painting gifts so no pics of those but here are a few of the ones I did get photos of before they got away.  Awesome work!

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Bday PoppiesMay PetsWe had a busy day Saturday with two paint parties and the Wine Festival going on.  First, a birthday Paint Party…then our regular Paint Your Pet’s Portrait Party.  Everyone created beautiful pieces of art!

And we had a few people stop by during the festival to see what we do at The Studio.

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Pets Feb 5.jpgLast night we made up a Pet Portrait Party that was canceled because of the snow storm.  The paintings are GREAT!  And no, Lauren does not have a pet dinosaur but her daughter likes them and she has already painted all of her pet’s portraits.  😉

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20151213_171209-1.jpgWe had a private Paint Your Pet’s Portrait Party yesterday afternoon at The Studio.  And take a look at these terrific works of art!

(A couple are surprises for Christmas so you can’t see them yet!  LOL)

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20151017_175123-1 20151017_202658-1 20151017_212016-1Yesterday I had two Paint Parties back to back.  First, we had Pet Portraits – my favorite party!  Everyone did beautiful work and have fabulous portraits of their beloved pets now.

The second party was a large group of friends getting together for a fun time and to catch up.  They painted a lovely fall landscape scene.

Great work everyone!

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September Paint Your Pet's Portrait Party

September Paint Your Pet’s Portrait Party

We had such a fun time painting Pet Portraits last Saturday at the Paint Your Pet’s Portrait Party.  We even  had one pet stop by to be sure his mom did a good job on his portrait.  (She did!)

We have a Paint Your Pet’s Portrait Party every 3rd Saturday at The Studio but be sure to sign up soon.  They sell out every month as space is limited

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11999836_1019558521410953_2743207222706917168_o 12022477_1019558534744285_7482535205394262602_oYesterday I helped a delightful group of women from the Conservation Research Center paint their pets.  And paint they did!  Each one did a fabulous job painting their dogs and cats.  They look great.

They said they will be back soon to paint some of the wonderful animals they work with at the CRC.  Can’t wait for that!

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