Thursday, November 18, 2010

Strider

Strider__8x10 oil on linen panel___commission for Strider's family
So at Christmas time I finish up all the year's commission's and this week has been "dog week"! Strider , here was "compiled" from several of his family photos: use this one for his smile, this one for his bandana, this one for his "pose"....which means I did a preliminary sketch first, for approval. I really enjoy that kind of "art direction"...one of my favorite things when I was a "commercial artist", (aka graphic designer) was sitting with a client and hearing their "vision" which, if they could illustrate it, they WOULD! I enjoyed the challenge of FIRST hearing them correctly, then creating whatever it was that they had in mind. ...Strider
is gone, now, so this painting will be a memory forever. I think it's so important to "bless" the family with a meaningful painting.
I LOVE dogs...our new little Junor (aka Puppypuppypuppy) is in my lap as I type this, and Maria is at my feet!! Here is a really neat youtube video that PERFECTLY describes WHY we love dogs :) (thanks Pam!).....as soon as Strider dries, I will ship him "home"....

6 comments:

Connie said...

All your work is lovely, but I am really impressed with the dog portraits. Having attempted a few, I know how difficult it can be, and you seem to have gotten a likeness as well as an expression of their personality. Kudos to you!

Marilyn M. King said...

Your dog portraits are really special! Thanks for sharing the UTube "Dog and God". I have seen it several times but am so glad when I run across it again. It is the best!!!! Your work always sings His praises.

Chris said...

great painting and wonderful story. Strider's owners will cherish your painting.

Caren Goodrich said...

Love the rustic look of this painting.

V....Vaughan said...

YES, this is my kinda dog!
THANK YOU, Caren!!!
Sure beats a groomed and coiffed POODLE! hahaha
No offense to poodles!

Judi-Kay Barrett said...

As Strider's family, We have missed him terribly, but Ms. Vaughan has brought him back to life for us. We will cherish this portrait forever!