Ellie’s owner Jane, gave me complete artistic license while painting Ellie’s Memory Portrait – which is a really nice thing to do – and Jane did not want to see the painting as I was painting it. At this point, however, I did send her a digital image – the one you see here – and asked as few questions. It was also important to get an approval from Jane to go ahead with the finishing touches.
From the very beginning, Jane did not want Ellie’s collar and tags to be in the painting but the only photographs I had were with her collar. Hence I tried to paint Ellie’s neck without it and she came out looking like she has a big fat roll under her chin.
Jane was finally able to send me photos of Ellie without her collar and all turned out well, as you will see in the final image.
Ellie needed to be thinned down and a little more pink added here and there. Jane loved Ellie’s eyes, which made me smile. Other people who had wandered through my studio were liking Ellie a lot. (It is always nice to get cheers along the way.)
…to be continued.