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Monday, September 07, 2009

Sophie's snow

This was the final for the most recent pet memorial, commissioned for a woman's beloved yellow lab named Sophie. While many of the stories about Sophie were sweet, the story of her loving the snow, and just being content to be covered in flakes stuck with me. The client requested a garden scene with purples and pinks like she had seen in an earlier portrait I did. I thought that the black background and garden would work out nice with the color of the lab so agreed. The words say, "When the snow falls on the garden, it's just me. Sophie". I think Sophie's owner was hoping that this portrait might be so real it would be Sophie. Alas, I thought I captured her well, but she seemed disapointed that it really wasn't her in her eyes, even though she liked the painting.

I'll be starting another pet memorial for an Apifera fan and supporter who is also an avid senior dog adopter. It will be so nice to spend time working on that one - the dog's name is Penny and she has a wonderful story which I will share after it's all done later in a month or so.


sherri said...

I fell in love with it at first glance. Your experience reminds me of why I don't do portraits any more.

farmlady said...

It's a charming and lovely painting, Katherine. I think you caught the look in the eyes very well compared to the photo. Sometimes the owners see something more because there is a special bond between them. That spirit would be hard to capture.

I love the colors and the snow. It's wonderful.

deedledumpling said...

Oh so sweet! I miss my blonde lab,Hannah, so much. You did a beautiful job I think. d

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

So darling. Love the sentiment.

Blackfeatherfarm said...

Precious painting, truly. I think farmlady said it just right.

The owner is wanting to look into those special loving eyes again, and no painting can accomplish that. I think in time she will grow to love it.

Katherine Dunn/Apifera Farm said...

Thanks all. She really did like the painting. I think too expectations can play a role in purchasing commissioned art. I think she thought the dog looked too sad. But y pictures of her had that souldful lab look - and actually most of my art has a mix of sad-hope-optimism with heartache, it's my style and you can't deny that when you look at my portfolios.

So it's all fine.

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