Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First Painting of 2011

Dignity of Years
14 x 18" oil on panel
© 2011 Kathleen Coy

This painting means a lot to me. A few of you may recognize this dog as my Brittany Benny who passed away in 2009 at the age of 14.

Senior dogs, and Benny in particular, have such a dignity and gentleness about them. They aren't burdened with our hang-ups and worries about aging. They don't notice or care about their graying faces.

I don't have many work-in-progress photos of this piece, but here is the beginning stage with the thin underpainting.

Happy 2011!!! It's going to be a great year!


Pussycats and Angels said...

Hi Kathleen..A very Happy New Year to you...I love this painting what a beautiful dog Benny was....
Hope all is well? Give Cloud a hug for me..
Bright Blessings from the UK
Julie xx

gtyyup said...

Benny still lives on!!! It's a gorgeous painting, and no one could mistake that for anypup but Benny.

Happy New Year and many blessings to you 'n Cloud~

Barbara said...

What a beautiful painting, and what a wonderful reminder of your faithful companion! He truly does have a dignity about him!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Another awesome piece!

Of course, I recognise the marvel of the Brittany!

Thanks for sharing!

Emma Rose said...

Very beautiful!

Caroline said...

Happy New Year Kathleen! I recognised Benny there - it's a very beautiful and special painting.

How Sam Sees It said...

Very nice!


AutumnBoy said...

What a beutiful painting Kathleen, and a beautiful dog as well

i had my long time friend Coddie pass away this past summer, she was a Collie/Chocolate Lab mix

think i will have to see if i can do something of her as well



Cynthia said...

Awww. How endearing! Our furry friends truly make life worth living...and great subjects for art! I dabble with animals in my own art, but in a very different way. I wish I could say I had finished a painting already! You are on the ball! But, I might have to do a cat or something next in honor of my 8 year old cat who just survived kidney failure.

Carolee said...

Beautiful dog and beautiful painting!

~ Carolee

Bijou said...

Hi Kat,

Happy New Year! You did a pawesome job painting your old furiend Benny. Tell Cloud we said "hi".

Bijou and Banjo

Unknown said...

Happy 2011 to you as well!

My dog Valentine passed away in October - I have a photograph of her the day before she died that reminds me of this painting. She just looked quiet and beautiful ...and ready.

AutumnBoy said...

As always Kathleen, your paitings are wonderful, no less os here