Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jenny...a posthumous lab portrait

"Jenny", 11x14", pastel

You never know where your next commission will come from...

A while back I used to belong to a co-op gallery in Cary and knew a wonderful photographer named Jennifer Weinberg, who now has her own space in Raleigh and teaches classes as well as provides beautiful photography.

Haven't seen her in a while, but she recommended me to a client looking for a dog portrait.
So here's a shout out to Jennifer - thank you! :)

Jenny's portrait is to be a surprise present from a caring wife for her husband's 40th birthday... he owned Jenny her whole life (@16 years) and misses her terribly. 

This piece was tricky because I couldn't meet Jenny, or take photos of course.  So I used two different photos from the client to get the portrait here.  

The main photo was used for her face, but she was wearing a lavender bandana.  

The client wanted her in her red collar, as it was more "Jenny" than the bandana.  She also wanted her later on in years...thus adding the gray/white hairs around her eyes, muzzle and chest.

Not knowing how to do such tricks in photoshop, I played around with the images to achieve this painting.  (Will show the client shortly.)

For information on having your pet's portrait done, please see my website 

Thanks for reading my blog :)



  1. Oh Kim only you could capture the love that this dog felt in it's too short life. How priceless our furry friends are in our lives.Never ever to be forgotten. Love Joan A

    1. Thank you so much Joan. Love your passion for your Shelties, and know you totally get what I do and why I do it. Love ya, xoxoxKim

  2. Kim, this is beautifully done, I think you really captured this face so well. We used to have a black lab and I still miss her but now we have a black standard poodle. I really enjoy your blog.

    1. Thank you Fay, I appreciate your artwork too! I can't believe it's been a year since we took Carole Marine's course in Apex...
      This must have struck a cord with you, having lost your own dear black lab friend.
      Enjoy every moment with your new poodle! Thank you for following my blog :)

  3. This portrait brought tears to my eyes and I don't even know this dog! You did SUCH and AMAZING job of capturing the spirit of this dog in your portrait. WOW! Thank you for sharing this here.

  4. Thank you so much Robyn...never met this sweet girl, but I felt her through the words and feelings of her "Mom" who brought me her pictures. She is so loved by her "Dad"...who this portrait is a return present for. I am honored to bring her back on paper for them and try to do the best I can...glad you see her here!