Saturday, November 6, 2010

DOLLY FOR DEAN HAVEN


approx. 8x10 oil on gessoed moleskine

The current moleskine I had the pleasure of painting in for The Flying Moleskins was for Dean Haven. Earlier this year Dean lost his sweet little poodle of 17 years. I really wanted to work directly from the photo he posted of Dolly, but was unable to see enough detail. I just happened to finish a little commission project that included a white poodle. I had rejected one of my reference photos because one eye was completely covered in fur; well, little did I realize that that smiling photo might just work as a reference for Dean's Dolly.

I appreciate your comments so much. I have been very busy painting away, but just not posting as frequently as I should...more paintings to come. Take care and I do hope you are enjoying this beautiful Fall weather!

21 comments:

Diana Marshall said...

What a lovely painting,just beautiful, and what a sweetheart she looks. I am sure Dean will be more than pleased!

martinealison said...

Tableau magnifique et rempli d'amour... Bises

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I am totally in love with this one...

LindaHunt said...

Such a happy little portrait...she looks so sweet!

Ann Rogers said...

I think I feel a tear coming when Dean sees this. Know it will be a happy reminder of Dolly. Miss your web presence, we need to plan lunch with the group when you have time.

dominique eichi said...

This is a picture perfect of unconditional love !
Very happy one.

Linda Popple said...

Great little portrait! You do such a great job with dogs! Dolly looks so happy and cute!

L.Holm said...

Absolutely love this painting, Angela. It makes me smile every time I see it. Dean will flip.

Dana Cooper said...

This is such a sweet painting and a sweet gesture for Dean...he is sure to be touched!

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh boy! Dean's Dolly is gorgeous, Angela! Look at the love and spirit that comes through that pretty little face. Wonderful work!

Edward Burton said...

What a cutie! Beautiful job, Angela.

Michelle said...

Such an adorable happy smile! It's a beautiful tribute to Dolly!

Dean H. said...

Angela...At present I have a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat the size of a watermelon...But it's all the good kind of hurt...if that makes any sense at all.

You may have painted this from a different dog, but I definitely see my little girl's bright eyed smile in there.

Still missed and still loved, this is a fine tribute to my little unconditional friend.

Bless you, Angela...Much love pours from your brush.

sam said...

Beautiful job Angela!

DEB said...

Love your painting style / brushstrokes. Beautiful pet portrait!

Crystal Cook said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and have really enjoyed browsing through your art. This is a lovely portrait. Such a sweet smiling face. :)

Angela Elledge said...

Thank you all very much. I do love painting these pet portraits, especially these smiling dogs, you can't help but smile through the entire painting process.

Ruth Andre said...

Your dog portraits are adorable. Love this one's happy face.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Great harmony and spirit.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Angela - what a wonderful painting you have created here. I love the character and joy that emanates from this little gem!

Lori Bonanni said...

Your work is wonderful! Great job on this. You have really captured it!