Multiple photos of Anne & her siblings were used to create this keepsake, a 50th Wedding Anniversary gift for their parents. Anne wrote: "The portrait is amazing! Your ability to "blend" photos is truly a gift."
From her cabin in Arkansas, Diane was still able to give her Texas friend a special gift. All with the click of a mouse...a photo was emailed, the birthday girls address given & when I finished painting this gorgeous ginger I shared the outcome with an image of all packaged to mail. With my own click of a mouse. Now that's my kind of cat and mouse game!
"Sam was about a year old when I met him for the
first time at a FW shelter. He was mangy and hadn't been cared for but he had
the sweetest disposition, as if he had no hard feelings about how he had been
treated thus far. He took to our young children right away and was the perfect
piece to complete our family. We named him Sambuca but we called him Sam
mostly. He loved to chase the polaris around our pool and the airplanes that
flew overhead from nearby DFW airport. We used to get such a kick out of him
barking & running around the yard, tail wagging as a plane flew
overhead...every single time, as if it were the first time. He had one floppy
ear that was his most distinguishing characteristic. He really was the sweetest
dog and was loved by all. As he got older he loved to lay on your lap and at
night he would sometimes sleep with the kids which they loved. He completed our
family and will be missed but we feel blessed to have had him for so many years"
Mary's comment about Sam's ornament: "Omg that looks fantastic!
"Jack chose his family one cold night when we
walked up to the area where he was, and he was the only pug to run over and
make my Mom pick him up. Mom told Dad " Pay up, I'm not leaving without
this puppy". He's the sweetest pug in the world. He has a strong
personality, loves to be pet and be the center of attention. Loves to go on
walks & expects to go out front and get the mail everyday. He also loves to
go out back and fall asleep sunbathing. Very spoiled. He's a trooper though,
with his one eye. He had to have the other removed due to cataracts, even
though he can't see very well and limps around he still expects to be treated
the same if not better." Sarah
Dark fur, especially dark faces, can be challenging to photograph. But Ruth Ann & Les knew how to handle that - take the pup into natural light and snap away! (Preferably slightly overcast to avoid a squint hiding your pets mesmerizing eyes) Add a click of the tongue, some treats and a helper to capture a camera shy pooches attention & you'll get some great images!
Another challenge? Painting dark furry faces, giving texture and form to those gorgeous deep tones. But one I gladly accept!
"Cute, energetic & fiercely family loyal you can’t walk by our house without setting her off, she's a great watch dog. She loves her walks, though now as she ages those walks are blocks and not miles. She's content to be in whatever room we are in. Gracie always enjoys toys and we like to serve up a variety. If she isn’t getting attention, she has a way to let us know, though she seems to understand when we need space, too. Now at 13 and slowing with more trips to the vet than we would prefer, we are feeling that bittersweet tug.
So are delighted that we have an image far better than the photographs in terms of capturing our life with Amazing Grace. That is a very big thank you" Les & Ruth Ann