Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Portraits for Mary





















When I recently started doing pet portraits, at first I wasn't sure whether I would like doing it or not. What I did know is that, as an artist, I have to be creative and versatile in the ways in which I make my income. I also knew that I had to be true to my own style, which is very illustrative.

I had a lot of fun painting my cat, and Ryan's squish bunny, but then I did a portrait of Diego. His mama was so incredibly happy when she saw the finished painting. Seeing her reaction told me all I needed to know--this is something I would like to keep doing, something fun, worthwhile, creative, profitable, and on top of all of that it is a great way of closely connecting with other people and making them happy.

Of course, I love painting people as well, and how could I resist doing this painting of my friend Mary's parents in their awesome 70's wedding photo?!?

I did a pet portrait for her as well, her sweet dog Simba:

5 comments:

melissa, aka maoiliosa said...

wow... great job, lea! and i LOVE the way you did the puppy: so cute with those big eyes! you sure have talent :)

squirrelmama said...

How fabulous to be able to do pet portraits, which mean so much to the people who commission them. You seem to have captured a good deal of soul in that beautiful dog's eyes.

Octavine Illustration said...

you made me say aloud, "hmmm...i love them!~"
the pink of her dress and the folds in his shirt are so wonderful--the detailing and color, suburb. great job, my dear...i can't wait to see more.

rachel said...

cute puppy!

zonobia said...

Your portraits are amazing! I just adore your style sooooo much :)