Sunday, November 22, 2009

Joe's portrait is finished!

"Joe" (Rat Terrier)
8 x 10" acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard
© 2009 Kathleen Coy


Joe the Rat Terrier's portrait is finished. This sweet little dog passed away last month at the age of 17 years. It's always a little sad to paint a dog who's no longer with us, but it's very rewarding too, knowing that it provides a comfort to the family and a reminder that he will always be in their hearts.

I didn't take as many work-in-progress photos as I normally do, since I have a lot on my plate right now and it takes time to stop painting and photograph, crop, adjust color, etc. But here are a few photos. The first one is the photo that I worked from. As you can see, parts of it were quite dark, making it a bit of a challenge. Since there was no way to take new photos of Joe, I did my best with it.


Starting to lay down the color.


Blocking in the rest of the colors.


And once again, the finished painting. I like the loose brushwork and painterly feel to it. It looks quiet and dignified, just like I'm told Joe was.


17 comments:

Val Zdero said...

Beautiful painting - lovely likeness!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Absolutely STUNNING! You have remarkable talent!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

You did an amazing job! :)

First Draught Farm said...

Captured, spot on! Lovely, as always. . .

Mona said...

It's a lovely portrait Kathleen, congrats!

sam said...

Lovely painting Kathleen, you create a great atmosphere with the backgrounds, and those eyes are terrific!

Caroline said...

Oh, I'll bet Joe's people will adore your painting. It's such a good likeness - you have an amaing talent Kathleen!

pencilportraits said...

beautiful Kathleen, I'm sure Joe will be well remembered from this portrait. I do like the mottled backgrounds you do

Morgaine said...

Beautiful work Kathleen :-)

gtyyup said...

Another beautiful painting Kat. Lil' Joe looks very much like Cindy Sue. His people will be thrilled with it I'm sure.

Dean Grey said...

Kathleen!

Sad to hear Joe is gone!

What a lovely tribute to him!

I love all the little details that went into his dog collars.

Such expressive eyes too!

-Dean

Paul Keep said...

Love dogs! Beautiful paintings!

Naren said...

wow.. Nice paintings and presentation. Your work is nice - Keep it up.

DebraLee said...

Absolutely beautiful. What a talent to carry and allow to come through your hands. I enjoyed viewing your paintings. Love them.

i love mj xxx said...

wow your amazing
im an artist to but im just starting out
but i hope that i'll be as good as you one day!

coloRADo chick said...

I just started blogger.com and have added you!!!!! You do amazing artwork!!!! You're blog is a lot like mine. You are about your artwork and dogs and life mine is about me, my dog and life. wondering if you might help me and give pointers since I just started and I really like your blog site!!!!!

Thanks!!!!

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