Monday, May 13, 2013

Casper the Friendly Maltese

"Casper" - 11X14 - Oil on Linen panel - Copyright Cheryl A. Pass  - Click on picture for larger view

I haven't posted for a long I have been very very busy with family life and political issues this past year.  However, I am very happy to have painted this little fellow for a client this spring.  He's a tiny little fellow.  All of 5 lbs.  Painting Casper was like trying to paint a cotton ball on a snow bank on a glacier.  That white on white and the fineness of his fur was more challenging than I anticipated and caused me to start and stop quite a bit.  I'd paint for a while and then I would say...hmmm...this needs something..what is it?  Then I would paint some more, and step back and say the same thing. Another hold up was the background.  The photos did not give me the colors that the clients wanted, so I had to fictionalize the setting for him.   Consequently this took me much longer than I meant for it to take, but finally today I am giving him the thumbs up and "Finito" declaration. 

I hope all of my other painting friends are doing well!  And I hope those of you who stop by enjoy seeing Casper, one of another dog in my collection of dog portraits. 

Smiles to all!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Oil on Linen Panel

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So Hobson is finished and I am hoping my friend and collector, Bonnie, will like this rendition of him. Hobson is no longer with us, so this painting was done from older photos taken of him. The photos cut off one of his paws, so I had to be really creative and pretend I knew what his left paw looked like. He is so cute...and I'm glad to have preserved him for my "Bonnie" friend!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bosley in the Hallway

"Bosley in the Hallway"
Oil on Gessoed Board

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Here is the little rascal who distracts me with those eyes. He also is just like the "Doggie in the Window" because he is the "one with the waggily tail." This is actually a warm up for another dog portrait I am just beginning to work on. I hadn't painted for a couple of weeks, so I felt I needed to feel the paint again before I work on a commission. Maybe I should explain the odd angle. I was once again trying to catch Bosley for a photo, when he decided to be camera shy. He headed into the hallway and I called him back. He reluctantly turned around, but his desire was still to go the other way. I barely caught the photo and it is really a blurr. So this is the best I could do with it. Little rascal.
Thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Oscar, Bella, and Odie

"Oscar, Bella, and Odie"
Oil on Canvas Panel

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I haven't posted on this site for quite a long time, so apologies for that. It has been a very busy year, to say the least. I have a couple more dog portraits under commission coming up so, hopefully, it won't be so long again until I post here.

This painting is of Oscar, at the top, Bella, on the left, and Odie on the right. Oscar is no longer with us, but the idea here was to celebrate the three treasured dogs of a sweet lady in Florida. Her mother commissioned this portrait for a Christmas present for her daughter...and I am shipping it off on Monday to get there in time for Christmas. All three of these dogs are rescue dogs. (Dog pound dogs, I guess you can say.) Pedigree doesn't matter when you love someone.....that's my philosophy anyway!

On to the next dogs...
Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Funny Valentine - Dog Portrait

"My Funny Valentine"
Oil on Linen Panel

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Every time I paint a dog portrait, when I get it finished, I think it is my favorite. If you look closely you will see a marking in the shape of a heart on this fellow's nose. I didn't notice it when I first fell in love with him, but when I studied the photo closer I saw it. Hence, the title,"My Funny Valentine." I started him before Valentine's Day, but just managed to get back to him the end of this week.

The local Cancer Society Auction is coming up and, like last year, I am donating a dog portrait to the effort. I thought maybe another example of my work would be beneficial to them.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Brutus - Finished

Oil on Linen Panel

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I used to have cats. Over the years I gave homes to Spooky, Muffin, Ruffles, Levi, Alfalfa, and Oliver. That was the first half of my adult life. Then I went to the dogs...pun intended!! (the dogs: Harrison, Bailey, and now Bosley.) LOL Anyway, I love our furry little friends and love to celebrate the joy they give to us!!! On Thanksgiving that is one of the things for which I am grateful!

So here is Brutus, a fun-loving cutie pie whose family loves him! I had a great time with this painting. The challenge was to make Brutus "pop" on the fabric designs of the chair and ottoman. But that was also what makes the painting interesting to me...that and the adorable pose with his left paw reaching toward the viewer and the light falling across his adorable nose. I want to feel as if I could just reach over and pet him or pick him up. At least that is what I wanted to convey. I hope he is as happy as he made me feel while painting him!!!

On to the next thing...stayed tuned!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Brutus - Work in Progress - Stage 3

"Brutus - Work in Progress - Stage 3"
Oil on Linen


Still working on Brutus' fur, but I have finished the chair and ottoman upholstery and background for the most part. Now the fun begins to give his fur all the characteristics I can muster and make him "pop!"

Friday, November 13, 2009

Brutus - Work in Progress

"Brutus - Work in Progress"
Oil on Linen Panel


Well....sometimes a cat sneaks into the Painted Dog blog....and some projects are just too fun ...and this is definitely one of them. The owner of this adorable fellow sent me several pictures from which to choose. All of the pictures were great, fun, cute, and showed the personality of this guy so well that I just fell in love with him. Suffice it to say that Brutus goes wherever he wants to go...into the potted plants, sitting on all of the pillows, perched on the owner's shoulder, etc. But this was the pose I like the most for his portrait. I also chose it for the color combination against his soft grey and white fur. He has the cutest smile and owns his realm, that is for sure. So anyway, here is the beginning of his painting. There is a long way to go, but I thought you might like to see a preliminary stage.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rose, the Border Collie

Oil on Linen

Would tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you. This is a present for someone. Not saying who.

The photo has some glare from the wet paint...sorry about that. I will try to take a better photo when this dries.

I just realized after looking back at several previous posts that I have completely missed the comments on this blog. I apologize to all who took the time to comment here. I appreciate your thoughts more than you know.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cat Oil Portrait

Barnhardt's Cat
Oil on Linen Panel

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Even on The Painted occasional cat will pop up!!

This little adorable cat is no longer among us, so this commission is to celebrate her life. Her owners adored her and I can see why....she seems to be so sweet in this pose. I had to do some fictional background because the photographs had window glare and black shadows which made it really tough to see the details. But I think this has turned out well and I hope her owner will be pleased. This painting will allow them to look at her and remember how much she meant to them!