Saturday, April 3, 2010

TAHOE

8x10 oil on canvas sold

One of my very favorite clients commissioned me to paint Tahoe for a friend of hers. As I painted this portrait, Tahoe was in the battle for his life. Despite their giant size, Great Danes are known for their affectionate and gentle temperaments.

Memorial pet portraits are the hardest to paint because I cannot meet the pet and sometimes I am limited on whatever photos are available. In all of my pet portraits, I really try to capture the uniqueness of each family pet, and I hope, in this case, that Tahoe's portrait speaks of sweet love and gentleness.




15 comments:

Linda said...

This is a wonderful painting. He has such a sweet expression and I love those big paws! Well done!

Dana Cooper said...

Awww...so cute! I love the huge paws and the look in his eyes!

dominique eichi said...

Oh it does......... He is beautiful. You did a wonderful job showing a sweetheart.

LindaHunt said...

This is such a wonderful painting of a gentle guy. You captured his personality in those solefull eyes. It really touched my heart.

martinealison said...

Hi Angela,
I'm sure this dog would be happy to see it and would be very nonored. I find in your painting a lot love from you to animals otherwise you can't paint them so well. You give in it a soul. Bravo.

AutumnLeaves said...

I just don't know how you and a few of the other artists I follow can do these. Just seeing these portraits and knowing that a beloved family pet has passed on just breaks my heart. You've painted Tahoe beautifully, Angela.

Roxanne said...

Hi Angela! This is an amazing painting...made me want to cry. I sure your art has ministered to many people.

Thanks for leaving me a comment today. I had a nice evening and I will post the sky painting! Oh, and I live in Abilene! You want to come out west and plein air paint?

Edward Burton said...

Fantastic job, Angela. You definitely captured the sweet spirit of this gentle giant.

Gwen Bell said...

This beautiful portrait immediately tugged on my heart...such sweet eyes and the pose looks like dear Tahoe was a gentle giant. I'm sure his owners miss him terribly but will love this touching painting of him.

Art with Liz said...

Oh so beautiful Angela - and so sad.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I think you nailed the 'sweet love and gentleness' of Tahoe, Angela. Very well done!

Lisa Daria said...

Ooooh, this is lovely - I love him - and although I have sworn myself to never having a very large dog, this makes me want one. . . it's a great painting because it's FULL of personality - nice job.

James Parker said...

Like everyone said, you did capture his sweet expression. But Angela, you have a way with the eyes that is simply awesome.

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