Thursday, April 2, 2009

Will work for food...

Cat food that is.  I went to Pet Depot to pick up a check for  my first commission.  The owner didn't have the store checks with her.

One of the clerks for  whom I painted a "pleine air" of her deceased beloved dog during the 'meet the artist' event on March 21st said she was able to not cry for the first time yesterday when she saw her painting of her precious golden retriever

She asked me if I would paint one for her sister whose dog Murphy just passed away at 15 years old.  She said this dog was 'her baby'.  I said of course and she asked how much I wanted for it.  I know she does this job at the pet store for the love of animals not money.  I said she could buy a bag of food for my cats Meatball and Sami.   So paintings like this go easy because of all the love I see in this face.  I'm going to deliver it today and pick up my check for the prior commission.   Things have a way of working out don't they?

6x8 oil on RayMar

20 comments:

The Bull said...

Wow, really captured his spirit and likeness perfectly! Well done!

Vern Schwarz said...

Ah Sheila, great job on this...I say you nailed it. I can see why you are now in demand. Portraits done this well will spawn new jobs for you. It's all about momentum and you are gathering it.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

No wonder..Good things happened to good people.
This is great Sheila.I am so very happy to see how your work is so popular and things are moving for you.
You deserve it!You are a wonderful person.

L.Holm said...

Fantastic, Sheila! There's so much joy in this face! Love it. You are on such a fantastic, well-deserved, hard-earned ROLL! Brava!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi sheila!
oh what a beautiful painting and generous gesture. you touch so many people with your art and with your heart.

i am lucky to know you.

xoxoxo
melissa

Spiritartartist said...

This painting is full of life! Great job Sheila!!

artbyakiko said...

Wonderful job on the dog, and the generous offer! You are such a good person, Sheila!

dominique eichi said...

how beautiful he looks.
Yes no more need to buy your little 4 legged ones, food , that's so perfect.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Sheila - well done!

Manon Doyle said...

You are a terrific soul Sheila!! You have warmed my heart!!

becky joy said...

Sheila, Great likeness. A lot of energy in the brushwork.

Madd Sketch said...

That is so great that ur doing that! And the piece is great! I'm actually learning as i keep seeing ur work. I still have much to learn from traditional stuff.

Oh yeah and thnx for the encouragement by the way. I've taught little kids before and i've taught at a college for post graduate students. But i've never taught teens before, and this is their time where they're gonna choose their career. so i've been planning for this kind of help since i went to college so now its coming tru! ^^

Darlene Twitchell said...

Great job! You captured his expression and coat so well! I love your painting style!

Helen Parkhill said...

Wonderful painting, beautiful tribute. I love the eyes!

Fito said...

Excelente trabajo, buen tratamiento del color y limpieza en los mismos

Dean Grey said...

I like this one!

It was a smart choice to crop the picture slightly and focus in on the face. Makes for a much more interesting painting IMHO.

You managed to sneak a lot of colors into the fur. Good job with that.

When I clicked onto the larger scan I saw Murphy has two different colored eyes. Too cool!

-Dean

Cathyann said...

How did I miss this? Just fabulous and what a great read. You are wonderful.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Sheila,

What a terrific painting and wonderful gesture on your part. You are a wonderful person with a big heart. Kudos!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Great job Sheila. You really captured the sweet nature of this dog. What a wonderful gift.

Linda (Artwolf) said...

Sheila,This is so full of joy, beautiful work Lindaxx