Sundae acrylic on canvas 16x20
Sundae is in a smashing outfit originally by Vigee-Lebrun, a woman artist I enjoy workuing from. The candy stripes were challenging, but worth it.
Maru 16x20 acrylic
After the last concept sketch of Maru I decided to look for a Holbein without the fancy embroidery. I love this picture of Sir Thomas More, the luscious velvet sleeves and the green drapery, and I just love the little Tudor hats on bunnies.
Maru VIII 9x12 charcoal and chalk on paper after Holbein
This is a concept sketch for Maru, an English lop rabbit that lived with me many years ago, and posed for the father of Snow White in a children's book I illustrated for Dutton Children's Books in 2005. Maru never got an old master of his own and I probably won't paint this one, since one of my cats is already in this particular painting and how many do you really need? Still, I wanted to see how he would look as a chunky royal bunny. I often do concept sketches to see if I'll like the final project.
Miss Sydney acrylic 16x20
Madame Duvaucey by Ingres
The portrait of Miss Sydney was commissioned after she had passed, so the pose selection was limited to the existing photo. I chose this painting by Ingres that I have used before for a sheep, Cathy Lamb. I love the painting - I am very fond of Ingres, love the compositions, love the detail, love the gorgeous fabrics.
Winston acrylic 16x20
Napoleon in his study oil Jaques Louis David
Winston's owner specifically wanted him in a Napoleon pose, so I selected this well known portrait by David. I cropped it to avoid putting human legs on a dog, which I don't care for as I think it destroys the illusion. The part that I used includes the all important hand-in-vest, of course.
Mari 16"x20" acrylic
Just like the last post, this is a colored print that I wanted because I sold the originals. Glad to have my cats back.
Jazz 16"20" acrylic
This painting is actually a colored print. I did something I almost never do, sold two paintings of my own cats, and then immediately regretted it. I love the Holbein references and I want my cats in my collection, but I didn't feel like going back to the beginning, so I sent off a digital file and got a canvas print in black and white, and then colored it with my acrylic glazes. It was tough overcoming the digital canvas texture on the print! Probably would have been easier to just do it over entirely. Live and learn.
Guardian acrylic 20"x16"
Guardian is a Cane Corso, an Italian Mastiff who definitely needed a suit of armor although he is a lovebug. I had to make up a helmet and the pistol, I just couldn't make out the details from the Van Dyck painting of the young Charles II that I cropped to make this picture. Imagine a suit of armor for a child! Makes more sense on a dog...
Apachie acrylic 45x60
Here is Yeti's lady friend, Pachie. Lots of fussy stuff, but she carries it off in style! Her home is in the background. The Van Dyke reference picture is Lady Shirley, cropped. I get the best source material I can find, but sometimes the details are just too small in my reproductions. I just make it up as best I can.
-Yeti, acrylic on canvas, 60"x45"
After a much needed break, the perfect subject showed up in my life! This is Yeti in a Van Dyck painting - Sir Robert Shirley, and it is the largest ever for this type of work, 60""x45". I cropped the painting to make it more "dog friendly" as I don't think these work well with the hind legs. The painting adds to a group of Great Danes I did years ago, and there is still another on the horizon, in a companion Van Dyck. Such fun!