Monday, February 16, 2009

A Gift - Zoe

I have a friend at work, Genevieve, who had to have her cat put down today.
Genevieve is one of those special people who volunteers her time and money to take care of animals. She is a true animal advocate. She belongs to a group who set live traps for Ferrel cats to have them neutered or spay to keep the cat population down. Once they are stable the cats are returned to their "home" wherever that is. She volunteers her time in other ways to with other organizations.

Recently she had taken in a neighborhood cat, who I think knew to come to her. She hadn't seen this cat for a while and then out of nowhere he shows up. He was in pretty bad shape. He had been abandoned and left to die by his owner. Genevieve, fed it, took it to the vet for treatment, and then made its last days comfortable at her house. When it was time she had him put down, had him cremated, and then the spread his ashes in her flowerbed where he used to spend some of his time.

This time it was her cat, Zoe. Zoe has been ill for some time now and it has been a roller coaster for Genevieve, as you can imagine. She sent me a picture from her cell phone that she had taken of Zoe today - it wasn't very clear but this is the pastel that I've done of Zoe to take to Genevieve tomorrow. I know it will make her cry but I think it will comfort her too.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Billy Bob Finished - Original Pastel

Billy Bob
8" x 10" (20.4cm x 25.4cm)
Giclee Print on Fine Art Paper
$40 plus $10 shipping and handling in the US

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Thank goodness the watermarks were easy to cover up this morning and the paper took a bit more pastel! I made a few adjustments with his mane since taking away part of his chest it changed the way his neck would be. His mane is a little exaggerated in length. Even though he has the most beautiful thick mane and a tail that is not only thick but touches the ground, his mane it isn't quite this long. I figured that is my artistic license so it really doesn't matter that much.

Regardless of the outcome of this painting it will still make great prints and I'll enjoy the original so all is not lost. I still want to do the original comp but I don't know if I'll start on it next or not. I didn't realize how much of myself I had put into this painting and I want to do something not quite so intense if that makes any sense. I have several reference photos of Billy Bob that I want to do so I may pick another one before doing this one completely over. But don't worry I plan on doing it again - it's one of those paintings that begs to be done - so keep an eye out for it!