Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Paintings As Gifts

In December, I worked on two paintings that I couldn't show you previously because they were Christmas gifts.

I did one painting for a very dear friend who moved to a new house this past summer. I painted her former home complete with her sweet cat sitting on the front porch.  She spent many years in this house raising her three great kids. I can say that because I know them. :) (In case you are worrying, her cat was not left behind. He sits on the front porch of the new house now.)

The second painting I did was of my parents' Golden Retriever named Ginger.  If you have been following my blog, you will know that Ginger was a sweet girl who died in December at the age of 12.  I held my breath through most of the painting process as it was so important to me that it really look like Ginger.   I have never done a watercolour painting of a dog before.

Both gifts were very much appreciated but I made everyone cry which I didn't intend, although I knew that I had chosen subjects with emotional weight. I know that they were all touched and I told my friend and my parents that I wouldn't be hurt at all if they put their gifts away for a while.


  1. These are lovely! :-)

  2. Anonymous4:18 AM EST

    Sentimental gifts are so great but yes a bit hard to "digest" at first. These are amazing gifts & they will be SO treasured for sure. You are so gifted.
    Happy New Year btw ! Here's to a healthy & creative year !

  3. The paintings are gorgeous! Have a Happy New Year:)

  4. Tina--Thank you so much! :)

    Sonia--You always word things so well. I like your use of 'digest' in this context. Thank you for your sweet words and I wish you a inspiring, creative year. xx

    Anne--Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words about my paintings. Happy New Year to you too!

  5. What wonderful gifts!

    Leaving a loved home and loosing a pet will always bring on an emotional response.

    I have a painting of my cat that passed away and it does make me tear up most of the time but it's also a comfort. It makes me feel a bit as though she is still here in a way.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Liane--Thank you for your sensitive words. Happy New Year to you too!

  7. paintings do make the most wonderful gifts

  8. Margie--My version of a knitted jacket. :)


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