Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sami's portrait is finished!


"Sami" 8 x 10" acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard
© 2009 Kathleen Coy

Sami's portrait is finished, and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I can almost feel her in the room with me. This portrait has a special place in my heart, as I painted Sami's owner's other dog Lyle two years ago. Sadly, Sami and Lyle are no longer with us, but there is a young Rat Terrier named Sprocket filling their shoes. Sami was a Rat Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog cross, and you can see both traits clearly. Here is a video of the progress:



Thank you for all the comments left as this painting progressed. It's such an honor to paint someone's beloved dog, to create with my own hands a tribute to the special bond and unending love we share with our canine friends.

17 comments:

Julia Guthrie said...

Kat that is a beautiful painting, I can hear her panting!!!! :)

Mona said...

beautifully done. You have such an ability to connect with the spirit of the dog, and it's a very joyful portrait.

Lori said...

It is absolutely beautiful. I aspire to be half as good as you are. Bravo.

Tiffany and the Munchkins said...

Wow! I'm speechless. It's gorgeous.

the7msn said...

Your client has got to be ecstatic over this. Magnificent!

K. T. Sparks said...

What a cherished memory of such a cute dog. It is beautiful!

Caroline said...

The portrait is really wonderful - congrats! I always love to see the little videos you compile of the work springing to life!

Colette Theriault said...

Wow!!! what else is there to say! Simply stunning Kathleen!!!!

gtyyup said...

Jacque is going to be thrilled!!! There's no doubt that it's Sami...you've done a awesome job on this painting! Sniff~~

sam said...

Very well done Kathleen! Such a lovely portrait full of character)

Kritter Keeper said...

you are truly blessed as i have said before! simply gorgeous!

Dean Grey said...

Kathleen!

What a lovely tribute to a lovely dog!

This turned out great!

Such a determined, happy expression you captured.

I love how her body seems to disappear into the background. Maybe some symbolism there since she already passed?

Beautiful job!!

-Dean

First Draught Farm said...

You even captured all the golden highlights perfectly. You are truly amazing!~

Jennie Norris said...

I love the new portrait! So much life and personality. You're backgrounds are beautiful. When I was painting I always had an issue with my backgrounds, so I always notice them. Your's add interest with out overpowering, and they give your paintings a nice depth. Very well done as always, beautiful!

Kathleen Coy said...

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments, and for appreciating my art.

Hugs,
Kathleen

Bijou said...

Hi Kat,

You did a beautiful job on Sami's painting, just as we knew you would. Sami's hoomans will be very pleased.

Waggles,
Bijou

artbyakiko said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I LOVE IT!!