In Honor of Trudy

Trudy was a beautiful dog, sadly Trudy passed away last week. So in honor of Trudy, I decided to paint from a photograph that my talented friend Tonya Poitevint from Tonya Poitevint Photography took last summer. She captured Trudy’s personality so well that it inspired me to paint. Here is Tonya’s original photograph.

Thanks Tonya for permission to use your photo as inspiration. And, thank you Kristin also for giving me permission to paint your sweet Trudy—I know your family really loved her. I’m not sure if this is the final painting of Trudy, I may try painting her in some different colors. One teacher whom really encouraged me, Molly Murrah, always said paint everything at least three times. By then you will have learned quite a bit about the subject you are painting. If you look at my last post about “Scooter” you will know what I am talking about.

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Here is the painting with some final highlights and washes.

If you have a beloved pet you would like me to paint, send me a note or a photo. The best portraits usually come from eye level, so keep that in mind.

2 thoughts on “In Honor of Trudy

  1. Love this. Is this your dog? Did you recently lose her? If so I am sooo sorry. I have four dogs now and it broke my heart when my first little girl died of heart failure. My eyes still fill with tears when I think about her.

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