As a rule, I don't use photo references to paint from. However, sometimes a painting needs to be created and the rules must be ignored.
|@2014 R.L. Delight, Petunia, 6"x8", oil on canvas panel|
When my dog Twill crossed over the bridge, I wanted something physical to remember her by. I searched around until one day, on Facebook, one of the animal rescue groups I follow posted a beautiful piece of dichroic jewelry that contained a tiny bit of the ashes of one of their beloved dogs. It was lovingly made by the creative and talented Carolyn whose company is called Sacred Embers
I knew I found my keepsake. I contacted her and saved up the cost of my own keepsake for Twill. When the time came to order, I found out that Carolyn had lost her beautiful and beloved cat of many years, that very day. To make a long story short in the process of her making my keepsake, I offered to paint a portrait of her kitty. Her name is Petunia.
I have never painted a pet portrait before so this was new territory for me.
The following pictures are of the work in progress. I did not use any single photo but combined a couple to achieve the end result. The background in the painting was inspired by a beautiful wall hanging in one of the photos I was sent. Here is the process:
|Petunia, adding detail|
Petunia was a bittersweet joy to paint. I swear I could hear her purring as she came to life in the painting.
In other areas of my life, I had an unexpected milestone.
I found myself, for the first time ever, recording music for a new CD with the band I am in. Here is a parting picture of me and a band mate laying down a cello track. It also serves as a hint for what is hitting the canvas next!
And yes, the plein air painting has been going on too. More on that later!
Your Petunia painting is lovely Renee, and I'm sure it will be a great comfort to her human. It sounds like you are as busy as ever. I'm hoping that means you have fully recovered your health.
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