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LarrySeiler
04-10-2001, 10:17 AM
Friends of ours lost their pet, "Leo" a little over a year ago, and I wanted to give them something to warm their hearts. A fifteen year old basset hound that became quite white in the face with age.

I offer you a graphic of three stages of working "Leo" in acrylics...which took about 45 minutes, and then the final image which took another 30-40 minutes. A 12"x 16" which I hope will help you make sense of some of the process. I intend to put this as a demo with much more dialog and instruction as a published "how-to" -Larry

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BevL
04-10-2001, 11:10 AM
What a touching gesture, Larry, to give a portrait of a beloved companion! This will indeed be cherished for many years to come.
One of my first bird paintings was of a cockatiel that passed away. She was the light of the couples' life. I am told the portrait brought healing, as they had the opportunity to talk about Tailee whenever people would comment on her portriat.
And seeing her there in a prominant place in thier home commforted them with all the happy memories.

Bev

LarrySeiler
04-10-2001, 11:18 AM
CAught me Bev, before I had a chance to edit and include the final image. I was suddenly overrun and subdued by kindergartners. AAaahhhHhhhhHHH! Hee hee....

You are right, Bev. One of the perks of possessing a gift (or developing one) is the opportunity to bless others.

Larry

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leesmith
04-15-2001, 08:31 PM
Hi Larry,

Beautiful rich color, a wonderful gift!

olika
04-15-2001, 09:16 PM
A very wonderful gift, Larry *smile*

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Shirl
04-16-2001, 09:04 PM
Been anxious to see this for over a week! No photos showed up for me. And I certainly wasn't disappointed when WC finally came back! What a wonderful gift for the owners. Love the paws http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif. Bassets usually have more droopy eyes--these eyes are adoring someone.

Shirl

LarrySeiler
04-25-2001, 03:50 PM
Thanks...

I used to have one years ago. They do get quite attached it seems to one person in a family more than another. Mine used to push my head over at night to claim the pillow.

This painting of Leo was fun in bringing back memories, for this ole' hound would howl when his owner Ted was gone. I swear it was having a nervous breakdown when we agreed to stay at their house for a weekend, and all Leo did was moan, whine, cry. He went nuts when Ted and his wife returned. Howling, deep low gutteral belly howls. Yes...Leo adored his owners.

He was about 15 years old for which this painting depicts. His face turned prit'near pure white, and much definition such as droopy eyes washed out. Of course, any time a basset looks down, gravity takes over..hee hee, wrinkles, extra skin.

Larry

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tammy
04-27-2001, 11:22 PM
What a nice hound and a loving gesture to boot.

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LarrySeiler
04-28-2001, 10:49 AM
Thanks Tammy....

I should point out based upon our discussion in the watercolor forum....that this piece is an example of a painting that appears to be an "oil" that is really an acrylic.

The spontaneous thick brushwork..and the traditional classic background, shading leads to that illusion.
-Larry

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TeAnne
04-28-2001, 07:41 PM
What a nice thoughtful person you are Larry. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif A very beautiful painting. Did the people like it? I bet they did http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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LarrySeiler
04-29-2001, 10:15 AM
Friends loved the painting. My friend is a fairly new advocate of photography, entering a few shows....and gave us three lovely winter scenes in nice frames in exchange. I didn't ask for anything...though not complaining. Very nice photos, and coming from a friend, very meaningful.

Larry

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dduchene
04-30-2001, 06:27 AM
Really nice Larry....love the style, colours, everything. I wish I could develope a colour sense somehow...would save me a lot of time poking my way through paintings as I do...I guess time and patient study will eventually sink in. Nice gesture too.

Darrell