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  • Long Hair Tiger Cat

    Pet Portraits

    Grey and White Longhair

    Was there ever a sweeter little kitten face than the one of this Long Hair Tiger Cat?  I knew before I did this pet portrait that she was a rescue animal, but some rescues make the very best of pets.  My youngest daughter and I both have rescue animals for pets.  I admit that my Toby still needs training, but it’s a direction and not a speed.

    This Long Hair Tiger Cat was some work to create in reverse painting on glass.  I wanted to portray the helplessness and the need in her eyes, but the immature beauty yet to come as an adult cat somewhere down the road.  It was also very important to keep this pet portrait soft and fluffy with the future promise of feline grace and agility in this Grey and White Longhair

     I once knew a lady who raised chickens to sell the eggs.  She was quite elderly, but I bought my eggs from her.  Not even for a minute did I ever believe she was making any kind of a living.  The part that left me bewildered though, was that she never refused an animal.  There were some who took advantage of it, and one day left a litter of Grey and White Longhair kittens in her mailbox.

    Animal shelters are depressing at best, but maybe this is how pet hoarders get started.  As much as I dislike seeing animals that are neglected, or worse abused, I still wonder about the people who keep more than they are able to care for.  I am sure there are some, maybe even most, who fall into the unintentional category with their Grey and White Longhair and all of the other cats or dogs.  It just such a sad part of the daily news everywhere.

    If these qualities did not make it into the reverse painting on glass, then I will need to continue working for these goals.  Meanwhile, I will just continue to paint pet portraits.  I have done this work for clients in the past of their own pets and rescue animals with success, and hope to continue for some time.

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  • Collie

    Pet Portraits

    Collie

    “Collie in the Snow” is one of my reverse painting on glass of pet portraits that was so uninspiring for me that it almost never got finished.  You see, while I was in the process of this reverse painting on glass, there was also a boxer in progress.  The boxer was everything I needed him to be.  Sad, forlorn, and desperately wanting to be out playing soccer with his children.  I’m afraid the collie was being neglected.

    But he became sad because he wasn’t getting finished.  Completely dry, but unable to get my attention for the longest time.  Painting on the back side of the glass, the view I had of the collie wasn’t a  good one.  But then came the thought “there is a significant amount of time already invested in this pet portrait, so maybe…”  Then after that, “If it’s as poor as I am afraid, I can always throw it out.”  But of course I would never know before it was finished.  I was very pleasantly surprised when I finally got a look at this pretty baby from the front side of the reverse painting on glass.  He really was a good collie!

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  • Psalm 36:6

    Religious Art

    Psalm 36;6

    Psalm 36:6 religious art.  As small dogs go, this little terrier mix is a cutie.  I am not particularly attracted to them, but must admit there are a few who have won my heart.  This one in particular belonged to my late mother-in-law.  She was a down to earth lady who didn’t mince words, and I loved her.  She cared for the dog as she would have a child.  So many of us are guilty of that, if indeed it is a crime.

    I use photographs to do my reverse painting on glass with, so if I should see a crooked tooth, or a tear in an ear from a long forgotten battle, I am probably going to paint it.  These are the details that I believe make each one an individual in their own pet portrait.  Some times I even come close to ‘capturing’ them.

    I begin the painting process with the eyes, or in this case, the reflection of light on the eyes, and proceed to the remaining features.  Only after these are in place can I start painting in the fur of this religious art pet portrait.  To see more of my reverse painting on glass, please go to

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  • American Bobtail

    Religious Art

    Psalm 104:27

    “American Bobtail” reads “all creatures look to you to give them food at the proper time.”  Even though tis is true for all animals, as far as cats go, it could not have been said better.

    The breed of cat called the American Bobtail was developed in the 1960’s, a stocky cat, that might have either long or short hair.  The “bobbed” tail was produced by a dominant gene, and not by the cross breeding with the wild bobtail, as one might be led to believe.  They are for the most part a friendly and sociable house pet.  They seem to be more shaggy than fluffy.

    A few of my pet portraits are based in religious art, such as this, but for the most part, they are just that, pet portraits. To begin painting the colors of the coat of this American Bobtail, I usually use a small flat brush to go back and forth with, and when in the final stages of the reverse painting on glass, a soft, round larger paint brush.  For the whiskers and eyebrows, a skewer for use on a grill. using the pointed end does very nicely.  I find myself using tools one would not normally think of for painting, but it seems to work for this American bobtail as well as other reverse painting on glass that I do.

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  • American Curl

    Pet Portraits

    American Curl

    Has there ever been such a beautiful cat as a blue-eyed pure white?  Something to really enjoy the perfection of for sure.

    In order for me to do a reverse painting on glass such as this, I begin with the eyes. I need to know where the pet’s attention is focused.  I may paint in a few of the hairs that overhang the eyes, and paint in a few of the other facial features, but having the eyes in is a must before the rest of the animal goes into the painting of this American curl.  I work in oils, so each application of paint must dry before I am able to work on it the next time.

    The rest of this pet portrait is not all just fluff either.  There are some hairs that stand out, even though they are close to the same color, they are there, and it is the details,  such as the curls at the tops of the ears,  I feel that help me capture the beautiful white American curl.  And after all, the ears are going to be “looking” in the same direction as the eyes under normal circumstances.

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  • Mini Pom

    Pet Portraits

    Mini Pom

    After losing her Mini Pom to deteriorating health, my daughter very unwillingly took in another who needed to be rescued.  This was at the insistence of my older daughter.  His name is Dolce, and this was about 7 years ago.  It only took a few hours.  This is one of my pet portraits in reverse painting on glass.  I could have laughed and told her she fell into that, but she inherited it from me.

    After this daughter had her first baby over a year ago, things got a little iffy about Dolce, the Mini Pom and the baby, but it was fortunately just one of the things that take time in life.  After all, there was a new prince in the house who as yet knew nothing about the Dolce.

    He was a high maintenance dog, and somewhat pampered, but seems to have gotten over that with the arrival of his boy, Wyatt.  They are now good friends even though the Mini Pom in the pet portrait now keeps his hair cut much shorter.  It’s hard not to laugh when a 10 pound  Pomeranian looks more like a miniature male African Lion.

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  • Australian Shepard

     

    Pet Portraits

    Australian Shepard

    “Australian Shepard” is one of my favorites of the pet portraits I have done in reverse painting on glass,  The first Ausie I ever met was named Bo.  A big beautiful Blue Meryl, I immediately told him he was the most beautiful dog I had ever laid eyes on.  We two hit it off miraculously!   After explaining to him that I would like to see the boss, Bo showed me into the dairy barn through the milk house, very calmly walking me to the other end of the barn, and I thanked him kindly.

    The boss I had been looking for looked up to see the dog sitting next to where I stood.  He was at a loss for words, but finally asked how I had gotten past the Australian Shepard.  I explained I did not have to get past him, the dog brought me in.  This left Ken, the boss in some confusion  Later I learned Bo did not make friends easily, if ever.  Even later than that, Ken and I became married, and Bo became my dog as well as Ken’s.  Another Australian Shepard was needed so that Bo’s line could go on, and my daughter found one.

    Polly wasn’t as smart as Bo, but as an Australian Shepard goes, she was as loyal and protective a dog that lived.  We had a litter of 12, 10 of which survived.  Bo and Geronimo, one of the male puppies came to live with me after Ken passed away.

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  • Dolphin Breaking Water

    Ocean Life

    Dolphin Breaking Water

    is a reverse painting on glass that I  worked on from a photograph.  The only thing I can tell you about ocean life is that I find it to be beautiful to look at. Swimming in the ocean is  different than it is in  fresh water as it makes one feel more buoyant, but the muscle control of this animal is truly a sight to behold.  There are those who love the beach, and actually build their lives around it.  Then there are those who can enjoy just an occasional view.  I would be among the second group.  To be able to see a school of whales, dolphins or any other of the countless ocean life would be a vista to enjoy!  Just walking along a beach picking up shells that have been shed by the sea creatures can be fun!  What mysterious creature lived in there?

    There is so much beauty to see here on land, that some of my time must be spent taking that in, too.

     I do wonder, however if these wondrous animals wait below the surface of the water to see an occasional ‘ human sighting ‘  It can’t possibly be as good as our view of them!

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  • Mountain Goat

    Spiritual Paintings

    Mountain Goat

    Our imperfection is what makes us perfect in our own way, and it is what makes us different and special from others.”  Terek Solomon.  This mountain goat is in what seems to be in a very cold place, that he was designed to thrive in.  Living this day in central New York, I am able to feel the cold he must endure, but the rough mountain side is a thing I have experienced but a few times.  We just had a snow storm empty three feet and more of snow on us in a 24 hour period yesterday.  It made life difficult for many people, but consider the wildlife, and what it endures.

    Just walking through a parking lot will leave one damp from snow and cold for hours.  It dries out a little quicker in this oh so dry time of year, but still so miserable.  If your car is hopelessly stuck under 24″ or so, it gets worse.  It was without a doubt, a different kind of a day.  The area is still under a storm warning for the coming 8 hours.

    As for the being different and special, I painted the mountain goat with the thought of the people I work for in mind.  You see, I work in a 12 bed home for the disabled.  Each and every one of them is special, but different from what life normally throws at us.  They have had experiences we never will, and would never wish for.

    To see more of my glass painting, or more lesson from life, please go to

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    a page devoted to my spiritual paintings, and enjoy, and more than just a mountain goat glass painting.  Comments, input, and suggestions are welcome at the bottom of the page.

     This 16″ x 20″ reverse painting on plexi-glass is priced a $225.

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  • Urn of Petunias

    Garden Variety Floral Art

    Urn of Petunias

    This Urn of Petunias is of the gorgeous old cast iron variety.  After my husband  bought it, he had it sand blasted and painted in a body shop.  That was expensive, even more so than purchasing the urn in first place.  This painting holds a bit of sadness for me.  You see, the photograph I was working from for my reverse painting on glass was one that I had shot after coming home from my brother-in-law’s funeral.  It was a rainy day, and life had been better.  But these things pass, and life does get better again.

    My mother always had an old cast iron urn to plant her geraniums in every year.  I plant geraniums now, too, but that was the year I had an urn of petunias.  After several moves in life, my mother’s urn in the garden was a reproduction.  Quite the downgrade for antique dealers after 60 plus years in the business.  I never noticed the urn had been replaced with a new one until the day it had been stolen from her yard.  This was right before a huge antique show.

    I was visibly upset about her urn being stolen, but in her infinite wisdom of over 90 years, she just smiled and said that she hoped they had to move that heavy reproduction a lot of times before it sold .

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