View Full Version : In Memory of Daisy - 1st dog painting

05-16-2003, 06:05 PM
Daisy was my best friend Kate's Retriever mix who passed away about one month ago. She was 14 years old, I think, and such a sweet dog. She had a couple of health problems this year, but nothing dire. One day, she just collapsed and was rushed to the vet. Unfortunately, they couldn't save her... I had been wanting to do something for Kate & her mom who loved Daisy very much, too. It just so happens that their birthdays are May 17 & 18, respectively. So I worked on a portrait of Daisy and matted it, along with a poem I found to give them. This was my first dog painting ever. I am not that happy with the way it turned out. The color is off (she looked more beige in real life), and doing fur was a bit tedious. Doing the matting myself wasn't a complete success, either. It was a good learning experience, though, and I hope it will be a good remembrance for the birthday gals.

Specs: W&N Artists watercolor on 11x14 Arches


Here it is, matted. The mat board is actually cream, not beige like the picture shows.


I'm dropping it off to them tomorrow. Will be holding my breath!

05-16-2003, 06:12 PM
i'm sure they will be very touched by this- expect tears! very nice for your first dog. hope to see you do more soon!

05-16-2003, 06:15 PM
Personally, I think that it is a lovely tribute and I am sure that it will be received as such. The faults that you see are often only apparent to you. :)

This is a lovely piece of work.

Night Horse Studio
05-16-2003, 07:26 PM
This is excellent, CJ! They will absolutely love it.


05-16-2003, 07:27 PM
Ahhh...So sweet, It's a grand idea and and a very wonderful gift.I am sure they will love it, I know I would!

Paul Hopkinson
05-16-2003, 07:46 PM
Connie there is nothing wrong with this at all. You have done a superb job on it. I'm sure it will be well recieved!


05-16-2003, 08:40 PM
I think it's great Connie - it made me cry and it's not even my dog!! Great matting job btw!:clap: :clap:

05-16-2003, 10:35 PM
Thanks for the votes of confidence, guys! What would I do without you all? ;)

05-17-2003, 12:12 AM
What a thoughtful tribute! I'm sure they will love it!!!! that's so sad about poor Daisy.....:crying:

05-17-2003, 03:59 AM
Oh, that is sooo nice of you to do that!

I love the way you put the daisy with Daisy. I think the overall portrait is wonderful and I'm sure they are going to love it and you for doing it.

Great job!:clap: :clap:

05-17-2003, 04:42 AM
OUTSTANDING!! What more can I say.

I hope to see more doggie paintings from you. :D

05-17-2003, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by BTDogMom
I think it's great Connie - it made me cry and it's not even my dog!!

I must admit I'm a softie too -- I teared up when I read this and saw the wonderful painting. Awesome job!

05-17-2003, 08:05 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone!!!

Update: the gift-giving was a success! Kate's mom cried. I was happy but a little uneasy since I'd never made anyone cry before! It was a great feeling, though, and I'm really glad I could do this for them. :)