Wednesday, October 13, 2010

HONEY PIE


8x10 oil on canvas sold

Here's a little commission I just recently finished (yes, I've been painting, just neglected posting) for one of my favorite clients. You might remember Bandit, the Blue-Eyed Brown-Eyed Wonder Dog, Bandit's Mama and I teach together and she so kindly commissioned another portrait.

Now, first off you have to love a dog that is so special she has a first name and a middle name. Now imagine Honey Pie's name spoken with the sweetest little Southern Mississippi accent, well it doesn't get any sweeter than that. Honey Pie's story is funny in that my client and her brother grew up "pet-less"...no hamster, kitten, or even a goldfish, never mind a DOG! After the kids were grown up and gone, Mom decided she'd buy herself a little birthday present...a 6 week old Cocker Spaniel...imagine her husband's surprise/shock when he came home from a game of golf to find her birthday present. As you've probably already figured out, it wasn't long before Honey Pie wasn't Mom's dog, she was Dad's dog!

Honey Pie's favorite word is CHEESE! Not too long ago, she tore out of a screened porch to chase a squirrel. Can't you just see her family running around the neighborhood looking for Honey Pie, all the while yelling CHEESE, CHEESE? Honey Pie promptly returned home and, of course waited for her promised cheese reward. Although her days are spent with her Mom, at the end of the day, she faithfully waits at the back door for Dad to come home. Once Dad is home, it's all about the two of them, even though Honey Pie is Mom's dog, don't forget she's really Dad's dog.

Happy 60th Birthday, Ken!
Love, Cam, Jordan, Adams...and Honey Pie, too! :-)

15 comments:

Kerri Settle said...

She's cute! I love how she's got her paw poised.

Carol Horzempa said...

You really have a special way of painting fur, Angela. It looks so soft!

I enjoyed reading the story of Honey Pie, how sweet...

Ann Rogers said...

What a "honey" of a painting, lovely 60th birthday surprise!

martinealison said...

Tout se lit dans son regard... Bises et bravo pour cet excellent travail.

Gwen Bell said...

What a great story! Love your soft brushstrokes on this beautiful girl. That sweet little paw in the air says "Southern Belle". No one would ever know it should be "Cheese Hound"! LOL! Really beautiful work!

Edward Burton said...

Such a sweetie! Beautifully painted, Angela.

carol morgan carmichael said...

What a beautiful painting and dog! Such a sweet face. I love the way you give us some of the dog's story. Beautiful!

LindaHunt said...

Darling!

Dean H. said...

Love the glisten in her eye in the close up! A perfect name for her.
Thanks for her story.

LindaHunt said...

That is the sweetest story! Sorry I didn't have time when I commented before to read the story behind the painting. Her little paw in the air is just so preciou!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Honey Pie is absolutely adorable, looks like my sister's old dog! Also love those fish, and the cow, and the other doggie... etc etc etc!

hmuxo said...

LOVE the story Angela. She's adorable! I love the way you painted the fur! Great job.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

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God Bless You :-)

~Ron

Dana Cooper said...

Honey Pie is daaaling!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

A beautiful painting and a great story about the subject completely makes up for the fact it's 4:30 in the a.m. while I'm here.