Browning is the sweet pet of my friend Melissa, who asked me to do this portrait because she just simply loves him so much. Sometimes people think, 'oh it's just a dog' and that's just so wrong. Our pets are our family, devoted and steadfast. Not only that, they help us get through some of the toughest times in our lives. How can you not fall in love with Browning?
Gosh. This photo was sent to me from my friend, Maureen, who commissioned this portrait for a gift. This little dog, Dixie, passed away and Maureen had this portrait done as a gift for Dixie's humans because losing their dog was so devastating. I think that was a very thoughtful gesture, and I hope it is providing them comfort to have this portrait in their home. This really means a lot to me. This has been an unexpected benefit I have received from doing these portraits. I am so pleased that someone really gets comfort or joy from their portrait hanging in their home.
Progress shots of the dachshund-German shepherd mix commission. I had to work on this little guy quite a bit to get him right...you don't run across many of those breed combinations! Notice that the last photo has the snout corrected to be narrower than the previous photos! Thanks to my friend, Monica for working with me to get it right! I wanted the recipient of this gift to be pleased.
This shows the progress of my work on Remi, the gentle Greyhound. I learned how to do this on the Layout app on my iPhone, so I am all into it now. I'll be posting more progress Layout shots like this. Let me know if you enjoy these!!
This dreamy Greyhound named "Remi" was a commission for my friend, Monica, who asked me to do her two sons' dogs portraits for their birthdays which were both in February. The other portrait, a dachshund mix was in my last blog post. This dog, Remi is no longer with us and was much loved by the whole family. I completely enjoyed doing this portrait of this beautiful dog.
Awe, Fred! This commission portrait Dachshund-German Shepherd mix was for my friend, Monica, who wanted me to do pet portraits for her two sons' birthdays, which were both in February. Her son is an Auburn fan (I knew she was raising them right - hehe) and so the Auburn collar was an added touch for him. I was so excited to do the portraits, and enjoyed getting to know this little fella while studying the photos. I will be posting the other portrait - a greyhound - next time so check back for updates!
I was contacted by a someone who wanted this painting of a special floral arrangement for a gift. She has a close friend who's 31-year-old grandson gave her this bouquet on Thanksgiving Day 2018, and later that same day lost his life unexpectedly. I thought this was a very thoughtful gift idea as a way to keep the memory of her grandson close. I hope it provides her with some measure of comfort.
This was a portrait that my friend Tina commissioned as a gift for her friend who lost their Springer Spaniel, Tommy. Tommy was a 13-year-old beloved member of their family AND happened to be an Instagram celebrity! Check out his Instagram herewww.instagram.com/tommy_the_terrific/ and how can you not fall in love with him!! I feel for their humans having lost their loyal family pet! This 8 x 10 charcoal and pastel is on it's way to California now. I hope they love it!
Can I tell you how much fun this 16 x 20 pastel painting of these two Springer Spaniels on the beach was!! My very dear friend from childhood, Tina, asked me to do this of her two dogs from a snapshot she said she loved. I was so excited but a little nervous. I just took this to the frame shop on Thursday and I am delivering this next Saturday! Woo Hoo!! I plan to do more of these "Dogs on the Beach" paintings in 2019.
I was commissioned by my friend Cheryl to do this Boston Terrier drawing for a Christmas present. This 8 x 10 drawing was done in charcoal on toned paper. The fact that this dog was black and white helped a lot because I wasn't using pastels. I am really loving the General charcoal pencils I recently purchased - well worth the money! Cheryl was pleased and she said her friend liked it a lot, so I'm very happy about that!
My final post for 2018 is a commission from my good friend Marlene, who had this done for a Christmas present. She specifically wanted it done in charcoal and all three dogs, a Havanese, a Llewellyn Setter, and a Tibetan Spaniel, in the same portrait. I was thrilled to do it and she was happy with how it turned out!
What a year! I had a lot of response from the dogs drawings I did for the 30-day challenge. I picked dogs to help me get comfortable doing portraits of pets, and as a result I have received requests for commissions. I am so happy and grateful to have been entrusted with doing portraits of these beloved pets. I have more commissions I am working on now and I hope to have a whole year of dogs to post in 2019!
Thanks for following my blog this year. Let me hear from you and have a very Happy New Year!!
I painted this cardinal Christmas ornament for our tree where I work my "day job." We were provided a precut wooden ornament and instructions to decorate it however we want. Okay! I love getting regular visits from the cardinals that live in our area, and that is what inspired this cardinal. It makes me feel the presence of my sweet Dad who passed in 2014 and my husband's precious daughter, who lost her life five years ago at the age of 24.
I rarely paint with acrylics, as you may have already figured out. I may try making some more of these! I am actually getting back on track with the dog portraits now, after taking time out for a vacation and Thanksgiving. I am finishing up a commission of three dogs for a Christmas present! By the way, this post is titled "from the BIA studio" because "BIA" stand for "Becky's Inspired Art" and I think it's fun to say, "The BIA Studio." Check back for updates!
This is a commission that a friend of mine asked me to do for her friend who'd lost her beloved dog, Dixie. She was a Bichon Shih-Tzu and she is devastated by this loss. My heart goes out to her because it is heartbreaking to lose a special pet, a member of your family. She does look like a sweet little thing!
"Hobbes" 8x10 Graphite and Charcoal
The last day of the challenge is my own sweet Beagle-mix, Hobbes, who crossed the rainbow bridge a few years ago. We loved him so.
This has been such a great experience of learning and sharing. I've posted these daily on social media and received such great support and encouragement. And a few orders! I'm excited to have the opportunity to do portraits of other people's beloved pets. I know how much our fur babies mean to our families.
"English Creme Golden Retriever" 8x10 Graphite and Charcoal
I know I already did a Golden, but I think these dogs are so beautiful I wanted to do another. This is called an English Cream Golden Retriever. I found the drawing online and wanted to try it myself with the white charcoal, and I like how it turned out.
"Lab Puppy" 8x10 Graphite and Charcoal
I couldn't resist drawing this little sweetie with the big puppy dog eyes. Day #28 of 30!
"Border Terrier" 8x10, Graphite and Charcoal
This little fellow turned out looking a little sleepy. He also looks like he's talking! "Heyyy!"
"Llewellyn Setter Puppy" 8x10 Graphite and Pastel
The beautiful hunter Llewellyn Setter puppy is day #26...
"Shar Pei" 8x10 Graphite and Charcoal
By request, this is my cousin's star pei, Gracie Faith. They have two of these lovable and wrinkly dogs! Day #25...five more to go!!
"Australian Shepherd" 8x10, Graphite, Charcoal, and Pastel
I think these dogs are so beautiful! The Australian Shepherd breed, or Aussie, actually was developed in the U.S.
"Catahoula" 8x10, Graphite, Pastel, and Charcoal
This was a commission for my friend Linda, who wants it for a Christmas gift. Turned out a lot better than I was expecting it to. I added the third color in pastel this time, and I like the effect. This breed is a hunting dog that originated from Louisiana.
"Corgi" 8x10 Graphite and Charcoal
The Corgi has been a symbol of the British monarchy since 1933. There have been at least 30 royal Corgis! Reportedly, the last Corgi died this year, marking the end of the royal Corgis.
Based in Birmingham, AL, I love creating portraits in charcoal and pastels. Join me on my creative journey, inspired by the people, places, and pets I've met along the way!