Thursday, 5 September 2013

A very gentle giant

'A gentle giant' - acrylic on box canvas 5x5 inches

Back to acrylics this week and my little mini dog portraits. This is one of the dogs at the shelter still awaiting his forever home. He's a Great Dane/Lurcher cross who for the purposes of this post we'll call Thor. When he stands on his hind legs he's taller than me but he's just a big, old gentle giant. 

Both S and I fell in love with this guy when he first arrived at the shelter a few months ago. We went so far as to introduce him to our two dogs to see how it would go. It didn't go well. Despite being ankle high to Thor, Reuben decided he didn't like this possible interloper and competitor for our affections one little it and made his feelings abundantly clear - it nearly came to doggie blows. We were gutted but unfortunately it just wasn't to be. Some folk can add to their dog family without the existing dogs having a furry tantrum but not us, it would appear. Hey ho, I guess two dogs and a cat will have to be enough for now.



Anyway, Thor loves human company and when I take him out for his exercise he'll do anything for a treat and a belly rub. He's learnt to give me his (enormous) paw (very enthusiastically, I might add!), sit, lie down and roll on his side whereupon he'll stay there in dog ecstasy for as long as I tickle his tummy. Hopefully, someone worthy of his affection will come for this beautiful boy before too much longer - if you could all send some positive thoughts out into the universe for him it couldn't do any harm!



In cat news, Purdey fell asleep on my lap. Twice! This is a huge deal as she was so unapproachable when we first brought her home just over a month ago. She now comes running up to us every time we visit her in the garage and when I do Reiki with her she'll lie down beside me or, the last two times, on my lap! I'm still optimistically hopeful that by Christmas she'll be in the house, in front of the fire, although every time she sees the dogs (through the glass door) they bark at her and she hisses at them so maybe it won't be this Christmas!

I'm linking to Paint Party Friday and want to say again how much I appreciate those who take the time to visit and leave a comment. I try to get round everyone at some point over the weekend but sometimes the business of life means a week passes and here we are again and I've not completed all my visits!

29 comments:

  1. So much soul shines from this. I love the alert posture and personality you've captured. Nice work!

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  2. I do love big dogs and he is a beauty, he has all my best wishes.
    Merle.......

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  3. I love Thor! Too bad it didn't work out in your family. He'll find just the right home - wishing it was mine, but I'm too far away. Purdy sounds like she is loving your reiki and responding well. I have a feeling it will be Christmas when you all are by the fire :) Love your artwork as always
    M..x

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  4. OMGoodness - what a sweetie he is and who couldn't love that gorgeous, soft little mushy :-D I am so glad you are making progress with Purdey too :-D Awesome !!!

    Hugz
    IKE in Greece xx

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  5. What a wonderful painting and story. My daughter and I volunteer every week at the humane society, and I know what you mean about finding special dogs there. Our dog (which we adopted from the shelter) may have a bit or lurcher.
    Happy PPF!
    Rinda

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  6. I love the way you have painted Thors eyes, and your pointilist technique for the background really sets it off. I am sure when the weather gets a little colder your little cat may venture closer to the fire. :)

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  7. Aw Thor sound so adorable - and looks too, especially in your beautiful portrait! That nose! <3

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  8. Your portrait and description of Thor are wonderful. I feel as if I know him. Thor is very lucky to have you in his life. I am sending good wishes that he will find a family soon.

    I can picture Purdy in front of the fire at Christmas. What a special present that would be.

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  9. It always amazes me how you can get such an exact resemblance of the photo. He looks sweet and i really hope someone will give him a warm home soon!

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  10. I love your mini dog portrait!
    It's amazing to me that often the big dogs don't know their size, and the little dogs think they weigh 100 pounds! lol!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  11. If my sister was anywhere near you, this guy would be crashed out on her sofa right now. Too bad your boys wouldn't let him move in with them.

    Your portrait is great. I am sure it will help him get a home.

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  12. Thor is gorgeous, I wish I could bring him home! Your painting captured him perfectly. Hugs to Thor!

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  13. He is most adorable. I hope someone brings him home soon. We have the same problem with our rescue lot. We can only bring home a shelter pup or a most senior mellow dog. After the loss of our Mama dog we will be holding at four for now. xox

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  14. Wonderful doggy portrait! :) And i love reading about your pet drama. I have one of those pets that just have to deal with the newcomers. Lol I don't really give them a choice. But with my mom's dog we have to be careful with as he is very picky about who he's gonna love and who not.

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  15. holy smokes!!! this is fantastic!!! love the eyes....you did amazing on this piece!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  16. Oh Nic your portrait of Thor is utterly fantastic!! I could just grab that wonderful face and squeeze him to death! I can see how he tugged at your heart. I know he'll find a loving home soon with that face.Happy PPF!

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  17. Thor is one handsome dude. I sure hope someone will adopt him soon. Maybe if you sent a copy of his portrait that you painted to the newspaper, it would stir up some interest.

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  18. Wow, what a handsome chap! You've done a great job with his portrait. He would be pleased. He is wonderful, those eyes just pull you in. Great job Nic. Happy Days to you. Thank you.
    gloria

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  19. I look forward to coming to visit your blog every week. I love all your art - this painting of Thor (along with the story) brought tears to my eyes - I am a complete sucker for dogs. I will pray that he finds his forever home very soon!!! The portrait is so beautiful - and so is Thor.

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  20. Thor is so powerful! The story is beautiful and you have captured the eyes in an amazing likeness and energy.

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  21. Oh wow! You made him even more beautiful! love the aqua blue!
    I hope he finds a home soon ♥

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  22. You capture the dog's expression so well - good luck for him to find a new home soon! I love that your wild cat is getting closer to you :-)
    Happy PPF
    Ilona

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  23. Wonderful portrait. I hope he finds a good home. HPPF

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  24. Thor is gorgeous. I hope he finds his forever home. He deserves a nice, loving home. I'm excited to hear Purdey is getting more comfortable.

    Great painting of Thor.

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  25. I'm so glad the new addition to your family is beginning to feel at home! That's great news! And the painting is just gorgeous! It's so sad that he has no home :0( I hope he finds one soon xx

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  26. I love your portrait of this beautiful dog. It's fantastic! I definitely hope someone wonderful soon comes for that dog. Congratulations on making progress with the kitty.

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  27. lovely portrait! I'm sure the cat will put the doggie sin their place. Titus has just met our 2 - lots of hissing and outstretched feline paws, but no physical damage as yet!

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  28. Gorgeous portrait...too bad Thor wasn't embraced. I pray he finds a happy home full of love!

    Hugs Giggles

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