Lily Lemon Carney, beloved furry daughter, protector, snuggler extraordinaire.
We had to tearfully say goodbye to a member of our family recently. Lily was our 12 year-old pit bull mix. She was the most empathetic, nurturing and beautiful creature I had the privilege of knowing.
We called her “Nurse Lily” because she could sense when you were sick or sad, and would curl up next to you, or if there was no room for curling up, put her head in your lap. As a puppy, she stayed in bed with me (except for potty breaks) when I got a bad case of food poisoning. When a migraine would hit, she would be curled into my side in the darkest room of the house. When my husband had shingles, she stayed on the floor by the couch, as he was in too much pain to snuggle. (She knew.) And when I was pregnant, she was my protector. If any person or dog was too exuberant, she strategically placed herself between them and me. When we brought our newborn daughter home from the hospital, Lily moved wherever the basinet was, so she could lay at the base of it, and “protect” Rosalee. Bandit was “her” puppy…she picked him out at the doggy adoption day. She cleaned his face and put up with his silliness. Lily let him get away with all sorts of nonsense. Now Bandit is five and misses his adopted mother.
We all miss her so much. She has, of course, popped up in my work over the years, my first furry muse. I found that I needed to draw her again. I hope it does her justice.
Hello Friends. Happy New Year. I’ve been a bit busy, and have neglected blogging.
Here are some of the pet portraits I created for people who needed gifts this past holiday season. I create these (and other custom work) all year, so if you need a Valentines gift…or Presidents Day gift (?) or an anytime gift, let me know! You can even order online.
Hall and Oates…R.I.P. Oates
Kiss Me, Kate!
Lucy & Kramer
Lydia a.k.a. Diddy a.k.a. DiddyBop
Sol & Lolita; together, they are Solita!
I’ve revamped my website, if you have time, take a gander. Any feedback is appreciated, if you feel so inclined.
I am excited for 2016…it has started off on a pretty great note, with lots of possibilities! I hope you are having a great one so far, too.
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A friend and colleague commissioned me to create a painting of their four cats for his wife’s birthday, which I thought was a very nice gift. (Although I may be a bit biased…) Their names are Faulkner, Whitman, Beckford (aka Baby Monkey), and Titus Bramble. Two literary, two soccer (or football) players. His and hers, if you will. If you like this, feel free to check out my Etsy shop for more animal watercolor paintings and you can also request custom pieces there. Or check out the INPRNT store I have set up for prints. As always, thank you for following along on my illustrated journey! Have a marvelous weekend.
Pillow King (watercolor, gouache, charcoal, pencil on paper)
This was a quick night time scribble followed by a quick lunch time painting. I took the advice of TV Kapherr over at Cats at the Bar and borrowed one of the cats’ pictures as a feline model. I know I can do better…the model was a lot cuter in the picture than in my painting! Ah well, art is about patience and practice. Have a great weekend!
I give you…Coco the Pomeranian. Quite the photogenic critter; I hope I’ve captured all of this character’s charm. Thanks to BJ for hiring me to paint this for an anniversary gift!
As you can see, I also dabble in pet portraiture. You can find my pricing here or just email me any questions you have. The holiday season doth approach! (Hint, hint)