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Tribute to beloved Australian Cattle Dog/German Shepherd dog, Wolfie- Seattle, WA

Tribute to Wolfie- The Wise Man Spring, 2003- October 26, 2015

Susan and Wolf

Wolf, reservation dog, found on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. He is a dog who wasn't meant to live- but then he did. He'd been abandoned and was found lying on his side, dying. Susan took him and gave him a chance at life, which turned out to be a very good one.

Wolf exuded dignity, confidence and calmness. He was steady, consistent, composed. He would look you straight in the eye and communicate his take on things, which was pretty much always, "no reason to get bent out of shape, everything is fine."

He was unruffled, even when there was chaotic activity around him. It was like he would watch and assess a situation, and then place himself in it as a calm, non-reactive presence, modeling for us how to live in this world of change.

When Susan and Wolf and my cranky Chihuahua, Pablo, and I would take walks together in a wooded area of Seattle where dogs often walk off leash, he would choose some giant fallen branch to carry along the path then drop it for me to sling a few feet so he could bring it back, with us wondering how in the world he could carry, in his mouth, something so massive. I started throwing his log choices over the ledge into the gulch just to make it require at least as much effort for him to retrieve as it was for me to hurl. As a young dog, he was tireless. His physical stature was impressive- strong, capable, in command, and gorgeous. He knew it. Sometimes large dogs would start to approach little Pablo and Wolf would place himself between Pablo and the intruder as if to say, "You gotta get by me first". He was Pablo's protector, even when Pablo would have a snappy outburst right in his face. Wolf never reprimanded Pablo, not once. He would just turn away and walk on as if nothing happened, and he would protect that pesky little pack member again the next time.

If I were to put words in Wolf's mouth they would be, even about his own death- "There is nothing serious going on here, all is well. I am still here. Now throw the log."

( I made greeting cards of this painting for Susan to use as holiday cards- on the inside she wrote:

"May you be blessed with peace, joy, and love. In other words, a bed, a book, and a dog."

Original dog painting goes home to Japan

Two daughters ordered a painting from me as a gift for their mother, a doctor who lives in Japan with her beloved pups. The daughters live in the US and had to carry the painting on the airplane, and had a little bit of difficulty with it, but the painting arrived safely and they sent me photos, and this note:

We had trouble figuring out how to transport the painting after finding out that they won't let me carry it on with me on the plane.  So we bought a suitcase big enough to fit the painting and we fretted about the possible damage... but I bubbled wrapped it, wrapped in blanket and it worked out perfect!
She was completely baffled that we brought something so big and special! haha. She thought that painting captured the personalities spot on!  It fits perfectly in her cozy small living room where she can enjoy it often.
This whole experience of creating a painting for our mother, working with you to make it reality was a true gift! Ema and I really enjoyed it!  
I hope our path will cross again soon!  
Thank you Nancy, will always remember your kindness!
Love, Meri & Ema
 Original painting by Seattle dog artist. Choco moco pooh on wall Meri, Ema, mother

Two Golden Retrievers, digital sketch created on the iPad

Meet Jodi and Moose, sisters for brothers. The family got Jodi and Moose as pups so each son could have their own dog. They would like a studio painting of the, now quite large, sister dogs. I start a studio painting with an iPad sketch of the proposed painting. It's not meant to be a finished painting for printing on canvas, but rather a mock up for a studio painting created with brushes and paint on canvas. I do create digital paintings for printing on canvas, but they have more detail and a more finished look to them. With this painting, that will happen in the studio. Original painting by Seattle dog artist.

Beagle Belle, Penny the sort-of-Lab, and Pepper the cat- Miami, FL

Progression of a digital painting created on the iPad, of Belle (Beagle) and Penny (variety pack) with Pepper the cat (who doesn't like to leave the house) at home in Miami. The progression shows how much a painting can change as it is developed, and it's not done yet! Client feedback is helping to determine where the painting goes, and I'm waiting now for further suggestions and preferences to determine the next step in the painting. I will post the final version when we get there. Belle, Penny and Pepper Belle and Penny 2 web  Belle and Penny3 webBelle and Penny 5 web

Pablo does Wyoming- Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole and Dubois by Chihuahua

 Two weeks at my favorite place on the planet, with Pabby, who doesn't like it there very much as there are wild animals and stickery things. But he's a champ! and braves rivers and mountains and the scent of wolf, moose, and grizzly bear!

Original painting by Seattle dog artist. Original painting by Seattle dog artist.Pabs and walking across WS riverChihuahua braves Wyoming   Original painting by Seattle dog artist.Pablo storm coming  Pabs on deck

 

Scans of dog art, the way to go to document a portfolio- Bellevue, WA

I have been taking my paintings to Bellevue Fine Art Reproduction for the past few years so that I can document my work in the highest quality possible on earth. Thank you BFAR! The images are awesome! I just had to offer to the world my appreciation for the fine work done by Scott, Tomoko, Redd, Syd, Amanda & JJ the dog.

Come to think of it, I think JJ needs a portrait. She asks every time I come by. But this is William, lover of kongs and all things fun, and a fine scan indeed.

 

Original painting by Seattle dog artist.

German Shepherd with bluebirds and butterflies- Zeus in Puyallup, WA

This is Zeus, who posed for me for a painting of another German Shepherd. I didn't have adequate photos of the original dog from which to create a portrait and the dog had died, so I had to recruit a local "look-alike" as a model. The client rejected this painting so I started another one and continued working on her portrait until I achieved something she liked. But I kept this painting of Zeus, since I liked the portrayal. I wasn't sure what to do with it. It is years later now from when I first painted this Shepherd, but I recently felt inspired to finish it. I changed the background and placed this large and rather fearsome-looking animal in a girly lavender background of butterflies and bluebirds. I like the contrast and the implications. Zeus is a sweetheart of a dog.

Original painting by Seattle dog artist.

Decorate with Dogs- Veterinarary Clinic, New York

I received an order for five prints on canvas to decorate the waiting room of a veterinary clinic in New York. He said he'd been looking for dog art for three years, and when he found me he knew he found the art he'd been seeking. He chose the images he wanted and sent a photo of the waiting room with the three benches. I sketched the benches against the yellow wall and experimented with varying sizes of prints on the wall using the paintings he was interested in, and suggested that maybe he would consider three large canvas dog prints rather than five smaller.He settled upon the last image, three large canvas prints of dogs, and one cat.

Garden City Vet wall 1 Garden City Vet wall 2 Garden City Vet wall 3 Garden City Vet wall 4

Evolution of a Painting- Dog Art, Seattle, WA

In the effort to make a painting "more better", sometimes I look back on what I was trying to improve and think maybe I should have let it be. But unless I reach the knowing place with it, where nothing is prodding me for change, I have to keep going. This is a painting about the giddiness of a dog that knows it is loved, and the serenity that comes from loving. Painting 1 got concept, painting 2 got the sky, but it's painting 3 that captured the emotion of both subjects. Now, the sky is beckoning. I like the contrast of the churning, threatening clouds in painting 2 but the soft embracing sky of painting 3 fits the mood. Gratitude

Original painting by Seattle dog artist.

Original painting by Seattle dog artist.

Goodbye Florida! Sunny, a golden retriever in a tropical paradise

Saying goodbye to Florida today after a good long stay here with my Dad. Sunny, actually a Hawaii dog, lives in the Pacific version of Florida, so she is representing the tropics today.

Original painting by Seattle dog artist Nancy Schutt