Monday, February 15, 2010

This is Morgan

I painted this for a higher end Pet supply store to give her an example of my work. I had approached her with an offer to paint her dog to let her see how my works looks. She saw another dog's portrait but there's is nothing like painting a dog the client is close to to know if the artist is able to capture their furry pal's personality. I used the pose from one photo, th ears from a second and used the third to help me with the fur. She saw the emailed jpg todaynd she thought it was "gorgeous". *phew* I hope to have it hanging in her store to drum up some business.







20x16 oil on wood

36 comments:

Celeste Bergin said...

I hope this will bring you more commissions. I love animals too--and I can't think of a nicer way for you to use your talents--than to provide people with a painting of their furry friends!

dominique eichi said...

This is such a cute dog. You did a great job with that hair.

sam said...

Well done Sheila, great for you to use the photos like that, reminded me of an email I got sent. I have forwarded you.

-Don said...

So, what we have here is Frankenpuppy. =) Great job putting him together from all the parts you had laying around. Congrats that it found favor, and may this lead to bigger and better things.

-Don

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh Sheila! This is beautiful! I love the green background and those magnificent brush strokes! The little dog is so beautiful! I love the blues in the white coat, that look of eagerness in this pretty one's eyes. I can almost hear it's excited little barks of joy! Great job and I so hope it works for boosting your business!!

Kathy said...

Well done, Sheila! Your approach to marketing your work is a good one and I hope it works. The dog is soooooo cute! Your brushwork and palette bring him to life.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I have to agree, it is gorgeous! The fur is wonderful. Sheila, I believe you have reached new heights with this one!

Manon Doyle said...

Morgan is gorgeous. I saw this portrait on my dashboard and it put a *huge* smile on my face. The personality shines through!!!!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Great Sheila.
Your energy shows in this one.
Sure she is happy. It is a great dog portrait.
Good luck!

Lauren Maurer said...

Wow. White fur is so tough and you really made it look so super easy! What a cutie- and I love the background, too!

billspaintingmn said...

Yes Sheila!! This is Great!
Isn't it fun *phew* to take that leap of faith and put yourself out there!?
You will get responce for sure!
I clicked on this painting and could see all the brushstrokes, and colors that make this a fun piece of art.
Anyone wanting a painting of there pet will come to you! Congratulations Sheila, I'm smiling happy for you!
(by the way, looks as if you're about to pass 10,000 views! You are
awesome!)

Eva said...

I love to unique composition of your dog portrait. I have no doubt that you will receive lots of commissions from it!

Cathyann said...

Expressive! Sure to get you more.....love his mood...seems to be asking a question.

James Parker said...

And it IS gorgeous, Sheila. Pet shops, groomers and vets are great places to pick up pet commissions, and I hope you get a bunch of em. Sometimes I think folks would rather have a portrait of their pup than their grandkids.

Gary Heller said...

jeez, at a loss for words. you just have a way with painting animals. . . well people too. I like your style, it always makes me smile and warms my heart.

I'm working on getting you that portrait.
Also, my daughter has a dog and her birthday is coming up in April. I would love to discuss with you about commissioning you to paint her dogs portrait.
Talk to you soon.

Ann Gorbett said...

Morgan is a cutie. I'm sure he will help drum up some business for you.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Sheila, If you want to try a black ground, use either black acrylic paint or black gesso. Karin Jurick almost always paints on a black ground.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

You are gonna be busy. (:

Sheila E. said...

So cute! and white fur is hard but you did a great job. I wish you many new commissions!

suzanneberry said...

Excellent idea and a beautiful painting! Congratulations and best of luck.

r garriott said...

Oh! Marvelous. I love how you go out there and market, girlfriend. I see many fine, high-paying commissions in your future!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

What a great expression on this little guy. And it certainly has your signature style to it. Good luck with the commission work. They scare me... I get so worried about the result and agonize over every detail. You are so good at capturing personalities of people and pets, you will do great.

Dean H. said...

A great example for your work, Sheila! Not surprised that she liked it. Hope it leads to multi commissions. You should make a serious attempt with this strategy at all the pet supplies..vets waiting rooms...etc... in your area.
Get ready to get busy! :)

Judy Mackey said...

It IS gorgeous!

Rosemary said...

Oh Sheila - Morgan is precious! Love your brushstrokes and the way you captured both spirit and personality in the eyes! You are going to be one busy lady!

Carrie Griesemer said...

This so cute, beautiful job!

simoart said...

This is a great dog painting. I love it, I wish you lots of commission your way.

Carol Horzempa said...

Your little pup showed up on my blog list and I couldn't help but smile! You did a great job on the fur, love your spontaneous brushstrokes!

Hope this brings you a lot of commissions!

L.Holm said...

Adorable portrait. She must love it. I so admire your entrepreneurial spirit. I'm working on a commission now from multiple sources and it's a killer to figure out lighting and temp and well, everything. You did a great job!

Iva said...

GREAT JOB!!

Abby Creek Art said...

Love it, Sheila! Great expression on his cutie pie face.

Ann Gorbett said...

Hi Sheila: I have a little Sunshine for you today on my blog post should you choose to accept it! -Ann

Nicki said...

Hi Sheila,

What a great idea and very entrepreneurial of you! I hope it gives you tons of exposure!

What a cute pup... again you've done a great job capturing the character of your subject.

Nicki

artwork337 said...

once you've nailed the personality of someone's "furry child", you will soon be doing many more. way to go!

Dean Grey said...

Gorgeous indeed, Sheila!

.....and terribly cute too!

Love all the blues you snuck into the white fur!

-Dean

Maggie Mayer said...

What a cute little dog. Great job!!!