Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's A Dog Day

I finally managed to finish my pastel drawing/painting of my deceased dog Brandy.  She lived to a ripe old age of 14 1/2 yrs. and I still miss her.  She was the best dog ever.
I was kind of nervous about trying this as I wanted it to turn out well.  It came out not too bad for my first try at doing a drawing/painting of a dog.  It is done in Chalk Pastels.

Brandy

26 comments:

Gloria said...

Oh wow Brenda! You are a wonderful artist. Your skills are excellent. You've put so much of your soul into painting Brandy who I know was so much a part of your life. I know the feeling of losing a "Family Pet Member." It's heart breaking, but you have captured the essence of her beautiful eyes and oh how I wish I could do that. Excellent Brenda! I love it.

Bob Mrotek said...

Brenda,
You truly captured the essence of Brandy. I can feel her spirit emanating from the painting. This is not only art. This is life.

Steve Cotton said...

I concur with Bob and Gloria. Nice work. And what a good dog.

Brenda said...

Gloria and Bob: thanks so much for your comments. It means a lot to me coming from you two, as I really enjoy your art. Bob you need to post more of yours please.
I tried really hard to do this one as I really wanted it to come out right. She was such a big part of my life for so long and leaves such a big hole in my heart. She was my friend, my protector, my companion and so much more. She was a rescue dog and was so kind and loving.
Hope you both have a wonderful New Year.

Brenda said...

Steve: you must have been posting as I was.
Thanks so much and yes, she was a great dog.

Nancy said...

Really nice, Brenda. You are really so talented! I hope you are hanging it in a prominent spot in your home.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

Brenda, wow,while I can draw with a pencil, pastels have always eluded me as a medium. I always end up smearing and smudging, so I am doubly impressed! Great job!

regards,
Theresa

Brenda said...

Thank you Theresa. I hope you post some of your drawings on your blog sometime.
I have a piece of plastic that I use to put on top of the picture while I am working, it stops the smearing and smudging. It is actually a piece of plastic for making a quilting template. I went hunting through my "junk" for something and found that and it works so that is its new occupation lol.

Brenda said...

Nancy, thanks for the compliment.
I am still deciding where it is going to go. I am thinking right above my desk so I can look up and see her watching over me as she did so well in life.

Mike Nickell and Cynthia Johnson said...

Very nice. Your Brandy looks so content.

Brenda said...

Thanks Cynthia.
Whose puppy was in the picture of your brother? Just curious if you and Mike had gotten a new family member for Christmas.

kelsi said...

The pic of Brandy is gorgeous. Nice work, Brenda. I knew you were a dog lover after reading about your efforts to feed all the neighbourhood strays :)

We 'Dog People' are a special bunch. Dave and I are actually trying to adopt a rescue dog from Arizona. Maybe he'll be with us (and Shelbert) when we come to Guaymas.

Brenda said...

Hi Kelsi: Thanks, yes dogs have a special place in my heart.
Well if you don't get a rescue dog in Arizona there are always lots in San Carlos waiting for a new home also. Much easier to adopt one here and get his vet. bill of health for the border, much cheaper too lol. (Just trying to help out with the budget lol).
Will be great to see you and meet Shelbert and maybe a new family member also.
Have a good trip down.

Leslie Limon said...

Brenda, wow! Your drawing is amazing! You have such an eye for detail. Wow! :)

I Must Be Crazy To Live In Mexico said...

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Brenda said...

Leslie: thanks so much.
IMBCTLIM: lol I do Facebook too. Thanks.

breez said...

Very nice work Brenda.
My favorite parts are the ears.

You can no longer claim not to be a good artist. We just won't believe that any longer.


:)

Brenda said...

Breez: thank you.
Oh her ears lol, she had the biggest, softest velvet ears you can imagine. I used to think she was part Kangeroo, that is what her ears made me think of. She used to love it when I used to stroke them for her, if dogs could purr she would have been purring lol.
She was such a love.

Barb said...

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. Holy moly, Brenda. You did an awesome job!

Brenda said...

Barb: wow thanks so much for the compliment.
Have a great new year and stay warm.

Gloria said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours Brenda! Enjoy, take care and thanks for sharing your blog.

Brenda said...

thank you Gloria, the same to you.

Wild Blue Yonder said...

I think that picture is awesome. I can feel the love in her eyes. Her devotion in her face, and her constant willingness to be near you in her stance.

Very well done! I'm very impressed!

Cheers!

Brenda said...

Thank you Wild Blue and welcome.
Happy New Year.

Billie said...

This is very nice. You captured the eyes so beautifully that I feel she is really looking at me. Good work!

Brenda said...

Thank you very much Billie.
Have a wonderful new year.
All the best to you and Ned.