Monday, December 20, 2010

Shiner - A Christmas Commission

I was privileged to do this commission for our CFO where I work. He is giving the original to his wife and a print of the original to his son for Christmas - how cool is that!  Shiner is a beautiful Australian Shepherd. He told me Shiner actually belongs to his son but his wife dearly loves the dog as well and has pictures of him all over her office and that is where the original will hang. 

It took about 3 hours to paint - it was one of those that just comes together and I really enjoyed working on it.  The photo he provided was great.  The bluebonnets made a beautiful Texas setting and I really like the lighting.  You can see that I enlarged the photo to an 11" x 14" size to work from on the side-by-side photo above.  I'm afraid the finished scan of the original below may look rather dark compared to how it looks in real life. One of these days I'll get a new monitor.
11" x 14" Original Pastel on Velour
NFS - In private collection

Can't wait to hear is she likes it.

Psalm 37:7 (New International Version)
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him. . .


Pattie Wall said...

Shiner is just that! You have done such a beautiful portrait of their beloved dog! Happy Holidays!

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Pattie! Thanks so much. Merry Christmas.