"Sunning Herself," 16" square, acrylic on 2" cradeled Ampersand Gessobord (see image below for an appreciation of the depth of the panel), commissioned pet portrait of a black kitty, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life, or commissioning a "re-paint" like this one) may always come to me.
Those of you who are long time Dog a Day readers may remember the original versionof this painting from May 2008. When my ancient black cat and right hand crossed the bridge, I found tremendous solace in painting her likeness. For months afterwards.
And when a new collector recently asked if I could paint another version because my kitty looked so much like her old girl, and then her mother secretly came on board and asked if I could do it as a surprise birthday gift, the whole premise changed.
"Sunning Herself" has a greater nuance of color and tremendous presence - partly because of the increase in scale, partly because of the change of surface, and partly because of my artistic growth.
And, I think, partly also because I was able to paint with a lighter heart and a better appreciation of the circle of life, the fragility of our physical time with our pets, and the strength of those ties.
And partly, too, because I simply love working on projects like this, where I know the recipient will be pleased and shocked beyond measure.
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
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