Saturday, May 16, 2009

New work from my SPCA
















I got about 4 more photos from my local SPCA the other day.  I already finished a cat and you can see Vargas at the AFSA blog.  I just wanted to show you the small jpg I am given to work with.  I know it's not a perfect portrait but the  staff almost always recognizes who the critter is.

6x8 oil on RayMar

21 comments:

L.Holm said...

oh, he's sweet, Sheila! you have a way of capturing expression.

pencilportraits said...

Wow Sheila, I've been a bit busy and not been able to pop in as much as usual, and what do I find, lots of art, lots of good work and lots of posts to read trhough, you have been so busy, your energy is just fantastic, all those who know you must be amazed!

angeltreats said...

That is really not a lot to work with at all, not much detail to see, but you've done a fantastic job! That little bloke is adorable, I can't believe anyone would give him up to be rehomed.

Art with Liz said...

He's beautiful, Sheila, just beautiful!

James Parker said...

Sheila, your petraits are getting to the point where one day, your subject is gonna reach out and lick ya. Great job on this one and I like you posting the reference photo...makes a difference.

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, your animal paintings are just awesome. You breathe such life into them and I just want to put this little fellow on my lap!

Manon Doyle said...

Beautiful painting Sheila! I love the color you chose for the background!

Dean Grey said...

Yikes!

That really is a small jpg, Sheila!

It may not be a perfect likeness, but the dog looks happy and that might be the most important thing here.

Also, even though the photo was tiny I do love all the shadows and darks in the original picture's background.

I would've loved for some of that to be added to the painting as well instead of just a solid green background.

Just a suggestion.

-Dean

christine said...

He is just adorable, Sheila! I especially love your wonderful, lively brushstrokes in this painting.

Cathyann said...

I love the warmth added to the fur and ground, Sheila. Makes one want to affectionately scruff his head.

Diana Marshall said...

What a sweetheart, I'm sure this painting of him will help to find him a new home.Lovely!

Mrs. C said...

What a cute cute puppy!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

I love your animal portraits!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Such a sweet face!

Debrosi said...

awwww... i think you've definately captured Vargas. it's a beautiful painting and you can tell that Vargas has some years on him. sweet!!

r garriott said...

Waht a sweetie! You are getting so good at these portraits, Sheila!

Kim VanDerhoek said...

Aw, a sweet and very well-painted portrait! I love your brushwork in this painting. Great job Sheila!

Edward Burton said...

Really nice job, Sheila!

Loredana said...

So cutee, he seems to call hugs, and you renderes him so well!

Linda (Artwolf) said...

Teder rendering of a sweet pup. Lindax

Gwen Bell said...

You captured this sweet old gentleman's expression perfectly. I can't believe you had to work from that small reference! Great Job!