Why I do what I do…(and you should do what you do)

This is Stout and Yoda. I painted them for an awesome couple back in 2007. For some terrible reason, I do not have an image of the painting – but I painted them in their life vests on the lake- just like in this photo. It was super cute! And I got to see it hanging in their hallway and look out the back door to see the real life Stout and Yoda just a few weeks ago! It is a huge treat when I get to meet the actual pets I paint! Love it!

It is an even bigger treat when I get repeat clients. People get new pets or order for others as a surprise. Sometimes, I get requests for a commission to paint a pet that has passed as a gift to the owners. I actually get that a lot. I think it has to do with my style. It is hard not to smile at how I paint, even if through tears. Well, Stout and Yoda’s mom and dad asked me to paint Rudy for a friend of theirs. Rudy had recently passed away from cancer. His parents were heartbroken. I heard that Rudy had an awesome summer tho – they only went places that they could bring Rudy along. They took him where ever they went, wanting to spend as much of his last days with him as possible. What a lucky dog. What lucky owners. That, my friends is what life is about. Love. Caring. Family. Pets.

So what an honer when they asked me to paint a portrait of their beloved Rudy. They gave me a photo of him in the gazebo at Decatur Square. I knew it well – I had been there many, many times over the years with my kids when I lived there. I decided to paint Rudy as he was in that photo with the gazebo in the background. I sent shots of the painting in progress as I did it to make sure I was getting Rudy just right. Here is the completed painting.

After delivery, the friends promised to tell me how it was received. They did better than that. They sent a link showing them giving the painting. They gave me permission to share it with you:

As I watched, my heart overflowed with gratitude that I could be a small part of so much love. Love of good friends. Love of good pets not to be forgotten. May we all have such love in our lives and care about each other like this group of friends so obviously does.

I am so truly grateful that I can put a piece of myself out there and share my art with the world like this.

If you have something to share with the world, please do. It matters. More than you know. πŸ™‚

Stout and Yoda’s mom just emailed me a photo of the painting! How cool is that? (See? Told you it was totally cute!) πŸ˜€

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