Personalized artwork

I recently made these these pieces for some boater friends that I wanted to share. I love making artwork personalized like this because it’s not just the “same old” anyone can pick up in a retail store but specific to the tastes and interests of the one it was made for.

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Birthday painting

It’s Charlie’s birthday today! While we are in mid-reno of his house, he had casually mentioned that perhaps I would paint a mural of some sort on one of the walls, nothing in particular. I thought about it and decided on the perfect subject: his boat. Not wanting to put anything permanent on the walls, however, I – in my waste not, want not, reuse-recycle-repurpose way – went to my garage to check my available stock.

“Charlie’s Boat”  is the result. 48″x62″ on quarter-inch plywood. Our first summer together, we spent several nights anchored out in the Gulf of Mexico on beautiful still waters staring up at all the stars.

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Daisy and Dub finished

The pair of Cocker Spaniels is finished! Thank you to Pat for allowing me to create these memorial pieces of her beloved fur family ♥

Pat’s husband’s little Buddy (a/k/a Dub) measures 15″ high by 11″ wide and Pat’s girl Daisy measures 21″ long by 12″ high.

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Cocker Spaniel – Daisy

Daisy was a friend’s beloved Buff Cocker Spaniel who was her sidekick everywhere. Still some more work to go, but here are some progress shots:

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Boxer trio at home

It was a sad, yet happy day for me today. I’d grown rather attached to Hoot and Pete these past four weeks as they were becoming themselves, but they were ready to go to their new home. Here are my last photos of The Boys as they went for a ride in the car and met their little brother in their new home, looking quite content to stand  ready to welcome their human as he comes home from work – just like they did when they were alive.

I absolutely love doing this kind of work that helps preserve people’s happy memories of their beloved pets.

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Boxer pair – Hoot and Pete

It’s been a fast four weeks working on this life-sized pair, but they are now ready to go to their forever home with Rocky.

Hoot was a brindled Boxer mix and Pete was a snow white Boxer. The impression I got from the photographs provided is that Hoot was a kind of goofy, vocal and huggy kind of dog and Pete appears to have had the patience of a saint, long-suffering and mellow. All dogs have their bursts of bounciness, but Pete appears to have been a champion napper. Both of the boys clearly loved their little buddy, Rocky, from the snuggle photos I saw. I hope that their personalities come through and that they help keep alive for their owner the memories of his beloved pets.

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Boxers – in progress

A pair of life-sized Boxers is in the works – blast this infuriating humidity, though! Here the boys are coming along as their ears dry in the breeze of my fan. 😀

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Feed Your Feline Obsession – art piece

Took an end table this week and transformed it into a cat fancier’s collector piece. The unit features two drawers labeled to facilitate orderly filing of your kitty’s toys and treats as well as several dangling cat toys mounted on the exterior of the chest for your cats’ amusement. Nine cat breeds are featured on the top and sides as follows:

Maine Coon Cat, Seal Point Siamese, Calico, Tortoiseshell, Persian, Grey Tabby, Orange Tabby, Black Domestic Short Hair with white snow shoes, and Domestic Short Hair in white with Brown Tabby markings.

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Australian Cattle Dog

Puppies hate to be left alone … so Phoofie thought he’d keep this little howler company.

I saw the funniest looking little puppy recently whose owner says he has a bad case of separation anxiety. This little cry baby is modeled from that wildly coloured little pup, an Australian Cattle Dog. He sits 13″ high and is short-coated with blue merle colouring.

He is available through Stirling Art Studios, Broadway, Dunedin, Florida.

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French Bulldog puppy

I had a lot of fun making this little fellow modeled after my neighbor’s herd of little mocha Frenchies. He measures 12″ x 12″.

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