Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Commission Completed and presented

The watercolor commission I have talked about in previous blog posts is finished and has been presented to the owners. Now I feel its ok to share a couple of photos with you. 

 Jack & Luke, 16" x 20" watercolor on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper, © 2013, Nancy Van Blaricom

To the passing observer these two beautiful Burmese Mountain Dogs look so much alike that I was really struggling as I started working on the painting. Even though the owner supplied me with numerous photos it wasn't until she told me a little bit about their physical traits that I was able to really get to know them. And then I could see their personalities ....

Luke, the one with his tail in the air is the younger of the two. Brave, curious and unafraid.  Jack on the other hand although older and wiser is timid, not brave, but a lover and very gentle soul.

I really felt I had gotten to know each of them as I put the paintbrush down when I had completed the painting.

 Jack & Luke, wrapped and ready to be presented,
 16" x 20" watercolor on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper, © 2013, Nancy Van Blaricom

The photo above is how the painting was presented to the owners.  It was matted and placed in a clear cellophane envelope.  Then along with a pack of notecards I place them in a larger cellophane envelope and wrapped it with a blue bow to match the blue of the water in the painting.

But, there is more to the story ... I had just finished the painting when I received word that Jack had passed away.  My heart broke for the owners ... and a little for myself as well.  While working on this painting I was developing a bond to Jack.  His personality reminded me so much of the personality of my cat Casey that I lost last September.  

The owners were given the painting and will hang it in their summer home here near the water.

Good-bye Jack.  You were loved and will be missed by many.


  1. Anonymous8:05 AM

    It is a touching story. You did a good job Nancy. I never painted dogs and I think I will not venture to do it.

  2. A very touching story. How wonderful that they have this wonderful painting to remember their beloved pet. A truly special work of art. thanks so much for sharing the story with us.

  3. They really do leave their paw prints on our hearts, don't they? You did a fine job Nancy, and I'm sure the owners are glad to have it.

  4. I have seen the looks and tears when the owner sees the portrait that I paintied for them for the first time. What a beautiful thing to share. I know you felt the same.

  5. Beautiful and touching - thanks for sharing. It was meant to be for you to paint this pet portrait so near to his passing...