Thursday, 22 September 2011

Paint Party Friday...An ending, a beginning and hopefully a happy ever after...



Brodie -  Portrait in stippled pen and ink

An ending

I thought the day would never come, but at last, finally, joyously, I’ve finished the pointy portrait of Brodie. I’ve been working on this on and off over the last couple of months with it being neglected completely in favour of getting enough stock together for the fair last month.  Then last week saw me doing a couple of eye paintings in my new Windows to the Soul series.  I added a cat one to last week's dog, here.

I did this portrait to hang alongside the one I did of my other dog, Reuben. His portrait was a close up that filled most of the page. Reuben is recognisable by the fact that his ears failed to stick up in the proper Westie manner and instead flop around and give him a sweet and unique character. Coupled with his perpetually worried face – this is a little dog who looks, to all intents and purposes, like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders!

Brodie on the other hand has a smaller head with the typical pointy westie ears which, together with her usually defiant and slightly vacant expression are what makes her, her! So, in order to capture her essence I needed to use a photo reference which included her ears. This resulted in a smaller total headshot than Reuben's which in turn resulted in more background than was visible in his portrait.

However, (and I promise, I’m getting to the point right now!) because I wanted them to be the same style I had to colour the background black the same as I did in Reuben’s portrait. Only there was so much of it which, when you’re doing it one dot of ink at a time, takes a reaaaaaalllly long time! Eventually, tonight with the bottom half still to complete in black, I just threw my head up and painted the ink on with a brush and then added some dots with the ink pen to give it texture (which seeing it on the computer screen is blatantly apparent and I will need to go over that before I get it framed!)  I am annoyed at myself for wasting so much time stippling the top half of the background and then just painting the bottom half but, if nothing else, I’ve learnt not to colour the background solid black in future portraits!

A beginning

In other tenuously linked animal news, I started a new night class on Tuesday - Small animal care.  I have a career crush on my tutor who has a doctorate in zoology and as well as teaching people like me about animal care, she trains dogs and is an animal behaviourist - what an amazing career!  This will give me a basic qualification in animal care including grooming and behaviour and maybe might lead on to more qualifications and perhaps a mid-life change in career  - how wonderful if I could end up grooming dogs as well as painting them!!

A happy ever after?

Friday 23 September is going to be another day of following Twitter fervently, waiting for updates of Lennox's appeal hearing which ran on too long last Friday and was adjourned until today. If there is any justice in this world, then today will see the Court order that Lennox can go home to his family and begin to enjoy his wee doggie life again. Fingers and toes crossed once again.

Here's hoping it really will be a Happy Paint Party Friday.


**Update
I've just learned that Lennox's appeal hearing has been adjourned for the second time as it ran on too long today also.  The Judge is apparently to definitely make a decision next week. I can only hope this is a good thing and the evidence has given him pause for thought as well as the fact that over 100,000 people have now signed the petition to save Lennox. Poor wee fella has to stay in dog jail for another week.

41 comments:

  1. amazing painting, and my toes and fingers are crossed,, (wonderful profession that would be too, painting and grooming),,my daughter would be in heaven as well,

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  2. Excellent work. Hoping for the best for Lennox. I think grooming would be wonderful. I always wanted to do that but didn't pursue it. Classes, classes, classes. Good luck on everything. Love your work.

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  3. Your portraits of animals are quite stunning, and the grooming would be a fantastic career change for you later on with your love of animals, so the best of luck to you with this venture. x

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  4. Love your painting. Animal carer sounds good! Have a good PPF Valerie

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  5. Looks amazing! I wish I could see the two pictures side by side. :) I think you made a clever choice to use a paint brush. And good luck with your new path in animal care. :) I used to be a foster mom for cats but ended up with too many of them so I had to stop.

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  6. Lovely picture of Brodie - just her to a T

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  7. Genial! really looks like it will come to smell your hand at any moment. Saludos

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  8. Brodie is marvelous ~ Love him! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) and Happy PPF ^_^

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  9. wow your Brodie is wonderful, you are so talented my friend. Good luck with the new career. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  10. Absolutely MIND BLOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just... Wow!!

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  11. I think Brodie's portrait is great, but I know how you feel about the ink situation. Maybe a second coat ink will help.

    Good luck with your classes. You are such an animal lover that you'll be great at this.

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  12. Brodie is amazing, you're so talented. Thanks for sharing Jenny

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  13. Wow, and double wow!!! I cannot imagine the time it took to produce this amazingly gorgeous portrait of Brodie. As for not stippling the lower half, frankly from my computer screen, I can't tell the difference from the top. It all looks beautifully done.
    Faye

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  14. You are so super talented!!! Your details show so much passion for what you do...wonderful work !!! Happy PPF!!!

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  15. I really don't have a word to describe my reaction.....
    awesome, stunning, charming and beautiful!!!!
    I hope you sell your art, it is amazing!!!!!

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  16. Really your "windows to the soul "series is magical!
    Always an admirer of eyes, they tell me things!!!
    So very very very HAPPY : ) that Lennox has a very very very good chance to not kicking the bucket just yet! Is there somewhere I can sign the petition? Would really like to ; )

    Oh and by the way the other career addition to your painting one sounds perfect....You would really do well I'm sure.

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  17. Oh, I'm so glad to see the finished portrait! This is just awesome! YOU are such a talent. The career news sounds very exciting! Keep us posted. And I continue to think positive thoughts for Lennox, as well!

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  18. What a cutie! Happy Paint Party Friday!

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  19. Amazing! I wouldn't have the patience to even get just the nose done, LOL. One of my dogs has a sweet but vacant look. I call her my blonde, even though she is black and white. The other looks like he understands every word you say and even what you are thinking and sometimes I believe he does. :)

    So sad what they have done to poor Lennox. I pray he gets to go home soon.

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  20. Your portrait of Brodie is just wonderful!

    We grew up with 2 Westies and my husband had one growing up, too! :)

    And thank you for keeping us updated on Lennox; I'm keeping Lennox in my prayers. :)

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  21. This piece is ABSOULUTELY FABULOUS!!!!!!! You are sooooo way talented!!!!!
    I am crossing my fingers for Lennox!!

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  22. She is so lively. Absolutely amazing work.

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  23. first good for you for doing what you love and I hope soon you will be taking care of animals you so much loved. I wish you all the best on that! Second, I hope and pray that Lennox will finally be home to his loved ones. So let's hope for the best. Have a great day!

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  24. Oh Brodie turned out every bit as gorgeous as I knew she would be! And personally, I would never have known the way you did the background until you revealed your methods- I think it looks great! But speaking form personal experience, don't frame it until you are happy with it- otherwise it will drive you bonkers!
    Thinking white sparkly lights for Lennox's future (and yes, I've had a little wine- but still thinking good thoughts ;))
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  25. I think Brodie looks amazing :)

    Your cat's eye is just... wow! The reflection in it makes it a really powerful piece!

    I think your career crush sounds very intriguing and sounds perfect for you :)

    Still hoping for a happy outcome for Lennox...

    xo
    Kristin

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  26. Brodie is gorgeous and you did an awesome job of her! Fantastic!

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  27. wow - just looked through your blog - you are a talented artist...love the style

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  28. This portrait of Brodie is truly outstanding. I love how you came back and finished it because it is something to be displayed and be proud of. If you offered classes on how to do what you do, I'd sign up! I just love your style!!

    PS - After trying several times to get this comment to show (non-anonymously) I think I FINALLY figured out how to get in through Blogger. The key is to uncheck the "remember me on this computer" button.

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  29. I really love how this portrait turned out, looks great.

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  30. Wow your work is so detailed you are so patient!! It turned out beautifully and I absolutely loved your window to the soul picture in your last post. I love painting eyes whether it be animal or human and and I really found that last piece very powerful. Beautiful work!!! :0)

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  31. I don't think I would ever tire of looking at sweet sweet Brodie (both her portrait and her actual face) lovely work!

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  32. I always marvel at your beautiful work. I love the cat! although the refection in his/her eye looks rather sinister. Hope the poor doggie gets out of jail very soon (keep us informed) Dawn xx

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  33. Oh, such stunning work!! Love, love love him! Give him a pat from me. lol It would be cool to make $ doing portraits & grooming.
    Have a great rest of your week! Sorry I am late.
    Theresa

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  34. I do so like the portrait of Brodie. I do see the difference between painting and stippling the background. You will be able to stipple over that I think.
    Will be anxious to hear the Lennox ruling.

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  35. You sound sad that Brodie portrait is complete. I feel that way too with some of my paintings. Like a friend that you've spent so much time with and now they are moving on. I also know the feeling of spending great time and effort on something than changing my mind and doing it over! Its a wonderful painting! Your love for animals comes through!

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