This Black and White Cat is not the ‘Miss Kitty’ who used to live with us, but another of my pet portraits Our ‘Miss Kitty’ was a Manx She had had a number of homes before she came to us, and was a few years old, to spend the rest of her life with my husband, myself, our tortious shell calico, and a mature kitty loving Australian Shepard. It was Geronimo, the Ausie, who gave her the biggest fright upon arrival, but the two of them soon became inseparable friends. Their one trait they had in common was that neither of them had a tail.
So, our Black and White Cat became one of our babies, too. But she was a one man cat, and the man was my husband. Until the day she had to go to the vet. That was the day she finally accepted me too. It only took 3 or 4 years to achieve this.
Our Black and White Cat, Miss Kitty was one of a kind. I did read that the Manx had this ‘one man trait’ much like a dog, and I also read they love water, but I wasn’t prepared for a cat who enjoyed a bath. It was your basic lesson of live and learn!
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I could not agree more than I do with this Robert Lewis Stevenson quote. Think of how overwhelming it would be to be greeted at the pearly gates by any loving pet you ever had! The point of this Spiritual Painting pet portrait is that dogs have wonderful hearts. I think if this were my dog though, his name would be ‘Paradox’, or something about that black and white combination. It would take time to get past the unusual face for me. This is one of the things I like best about my art of reverse painting on glass, being able to study the face and then trying to portray it. It seems to be so much easier to convey this feeling in my work, rather than with words.
The details of this painting that took the most time were the tiny black hairs on the white side of the face, and the white hairs on the black side. I believe this type of coloration in Spiritual Painting is found in Great Danes, though am open to suggestion.
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This pet portrait in reverse painting on glass offers a message to every being, feline or human who is ready to mature. Even though it seems that in todays society being mature is no longer an aspired goal, I suppose there are still some adults remaining in the world. Whether the message is accepted or acted upon is another matter.
I can only hope that my vision of this is limited, and maybe I am not seeing the whole picture, but what I have been seeing in so many public places is the attitude of ‘rules are meant to be broken’, usually accepted by the eternal adolescents who never want to grow up. Some of these who never wish to seek respect, and would rather remain the ‘eternal adolescents’ that I think of them as. Some of them are 40 and 50 plus years old!.
What is it that adult people who somehow end up in a car accident think they have to gain by screaming and flailing their arms at the responding police? The police responded to serve and protect. To clean up and sort out the mess that has been made. And yet I have witnessed this on public highways. I probably take things too seriously when I hope for people to gain insight and seek respect, but that does not mean that I will give up.continue reading
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 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. 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 tocontinue reading
“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.continue reading
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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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” 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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