I am, as usual, trying to do more than one thing at a time! I have been working on commissions and trying to decorate my little studio too. The studio is now sort of half done - it will be lovely and tranquil - I hope - but I have given up trying to beautify it in favour of working on my commissions. I will be honest - I'd much rather be painting dogs than walls . . . !
I have just finished two works - one of a very elderly Jack Russell Terrier called Bea. She is 15 I think and a real sweetie. She is slightly timid, has lost quite a few teeth and is very fond of her coat so I have painted her in her clothes as it were. Her owner is an elderly gentleman and the painting is a surprise for his birthday from his wife. I am really glad that Bea is shown as she is now - she has real character and is a grand little old lady. I could have tried to recapture some of her youth if I was asked but I think it is lovely that she is loved and appreciated just as she is.
The second commission I have be doing is of two German Shepherd puppies, so age wise the other end of the spectrum fro Bea. They were adorable - soft fluffy and cheeky looking. Sadly their owner lost one of them when he was still very young. I think this is heartbreaking for any dog lover and just so unfair. You really expect to have your friend around to love for at least a good few years. This is also a present so I hope it makes a lovely keepsake as he will never be forgotten. I am really glad that my client decided to have both pups painted together as I think that playing happily with his friend is the best way to remember him.
Finally a bit of Easter fun - I have just done this drawing for a colouring competition for the vets that I used to work for. I loved colouring as a small child - well I would, wouldn't I! But, for me as a child, the picture would have to have lots of small fiddly bits - colouring in big areas is boring - with plenty of different colour opportunities so I have tried to do an Easter themed cartoon which would have pleased the child me! I really hope the children enjoy it.
Feel free to have a go!
Best wishes Michelle