When the friends of Yenko's owner saw her distress at her death, they decided to club together for a painting to celebrate Yenko's life. It is always a privilege to try and bring a beloved dog back to 'life' for an owner and a great responsibility which I don't take lightly. Sadly I cannot truly bring them back to life, but I do my best to instil into a painting an essence of what the owner used to see in their eyes.
A painting which is a little different to the usual portrait. I really like the way this oil painting has turned out even though the whippet's brindle colouring was a challenge and was very hard work! I hope you all think that work was worthwhile. 😊
I must admit I find it hard to keep up with posting my paintings online when I'm so busy painting them! Nevertheless here is one - a watercolour on this occasion. It couldn't be clearer from the expression of this Rhodesian Ridgeback what a truly kind and loving boy he was. I know his owner misses him very much. RIP Alfie.
This was a nice change from the usual type of commission and I very much enjoyed painting these two. There was a challenge as I was requested to give the painting more colour and variety than the reference photograph - not the easiest thing to do but it was fun! Tomorrow I will share the original photograph for you to see the difference.
This standard poodle was diagnosed with a serious illness a few years ago and it seemed unlikely he would survive. However, the combination of skilled surgeons, devoted owners and his own indomitable spirit meant he survived to enjoy a happy and full life.
Sadly all good things must come to an end. RIP Louis.
Well I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year and in fact is still having a good new year! I started 2016 with a sickly computer and a sickly me. Neither of us was seriously ill but it did make posting too difficult to struggle with. However, we are now both back and fully fit!
I'm hoping to get back to posting regularly now and if you have any comments or there is anything you'd like to see or have discussed, please let me know.
As I say under the painting, this lovely Dalmatian was painted on Saunders Waterford NOT. For those of you new to this blog and not familiar with watercolour papers, you might wonder what NOT stands for. It actually means NOT hot pressed. Hot pressed watercolour paper is very smooth as opposed to rough watercolour paper which is.... yes, you guessed it, rough. NOT fits in between the two. I use Saunders Waterford as I find it a forgiving paper, meaning that it is possible to be relatively rough with it. I always suggest to people new to watercolours, that they pop along to their local art shop and buy a selection of different papers to see which they like best and which suits their style of painting best. I find Saunders Waterford paper to be like Baby Bear's porridge in Goldilocks and The Three Bears, that is, just right!
Having been negligent of this blog for so long, it's quite difficult to try and catch up and at the same time of course this is a very busy time of year for artists. So this is my excuse for my postings, some of which are going to be rather brief! Please accept my apologies.
The above painting was one of three Groenendaels painted earlier this year. They were commissioned as a surprise gift so a lot of secrecy was involved!
If you do have any questions you'd like to ask me, do feel free to either comment below or email me and I will get back to you, or if your query is of general interest, will publish it in this blog.
I told the following brief story on my facebook page (Anne Zoutsos Artist) and thought I'd share it with you all too.
When I was little I heard a story about a man who carved beautiful little horses. One day he carved one which was so perfect, it galloped away. It is my hope that one day one of my paintings will bark...
This very handsome Dalmatian, painted in oils, is greatly missed by his devoted owner. RIP Bailey.
20" x 16" watercolour - Aus Ch Laurieton His Masters Voice
Today's post is of a very handsome standard long haired dachshund. Not only a gorgeous looking dog but also one in stunning condition and looking so healthy. A real pleasure to paint! For those who are wondering what Aus Ch means, it is Australian Champion.
At the moment I'm wondering whether I should migrate this blog over to Wordpress and wonder if anyone has any views on this? I'm also unhappy with Feedblitz which sends this post by email to subscribers. I'm unhappy with it because of all the advertising plastered over the email but I'm not sure if there is a good alternative. I suppose I should research more but there are only so many hours in the day and at the moment most of them are taken up with painting. Talking of which, I must get back to it now!
As regular readers will know, I haven't got my blog postings properly organised yet, but I'm getting there!
Meanwhile, another Dalmatian for you. A sad story as this young girl, so full of life and living, was diagnosed as suffering from leukaemia and her life ended at the very premature age of 6. She is still greatly missed by her owner. RIP sweetheart.
Hmm, not wonderfully organised at updating my blog yet! Well, early days...
Today I'm sharing an oil painting completed a few months ago. I really enjoyed painting this boy - it was fun to have a different pose from usual. I think it probably goes without saying that I do love the expression in his eyes and spent a long time getting them just as I wanted. I hope you agree that it was worth the time!
The portrait was commissioned by his breeder in the UK as a gift for his owner - what a lovely gesture.
This boy is alive and well and lives with his owner in France.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss commissioning a painting please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (now booking into the New Year)
It's been a long time since I've posted on my blog. Those of you who've been around for some time will probably notice that there is a change in the design of this blog. This is to co-ordinate it with my new website which has very recently been published. If anyone notices any mistakes with the website, I'd be grateful if you could drop me a note to let me know.
Meanwhile I've been busy painting of course and have quite a few paintings to share with you. I'm starting with my most recently finished commission of a stunning Dalmatian girl - how lovely she was and I can understand how much her owner misses her...
I will try and organise myself to update this blog efficiently but again, those who have been around before will know that organisation isn't exactly my forte!
As I write, my website is down. I do apologise and suspect it may be due to a large number of hits today. I am no expert though so this may not be the case at all. I will get it back up and running as soon as I can.
I had meant to publish this photo directly after the post of the video showing a painting being opened as this was what was being unwrapped. Oh well, to quote Robert Burns - "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley"!