Sunday, February 1, 2009

Stig and Yoshi

A few weeks ago my sister did some housesitting for a family who lives in Steenberg. Diana (my sister) is a dog trainer and she gets these requests from people who mainly need to have their animals looked after. This particular family have just become parents to the most delightful little (monsters!) Pugs called Stig and Yoshi.

Their curiosity knows no bounds and when Diana brought them over for a visit on the way back from wherever they'd been, they had the cheek to bark at our Rottweilers! Jesse and Katie (the Rotties) couldn't believe their eyes - just as well there was a secur
ity gate between them!

Yesterday I had a visit from a Pug lover, Nancy and the Fatties (check it out - she is involved in Pug rehabilitation) and just for that I thought I would post the painting I did of Stig and Yoshi (Stig in orange, Yoshi in blue) - I'm starting to use bigger brushstrokes and layering paint and because I met these two, I so enjoyed this painting. Hope you do, too.

15 comments:

Nancy and the fatties said...

Hi Liz! Stig and Yoshi's portrait is beautiful, I love the blues and the expressive brushwork! Thanks for mentioning me and linking to my bloggy. I am so thrilled to have found you.

Art with Liz said...

Likewise Nancy - and thanks for the kind words.

Ajay Patil said...

beutiful pet portrait

Sheila said...

EEeee! I'm jumping up and down and clapping my hands with glee! Wonderful portrait. Most pug paintings have them face on but your unique view gives them a very regal appearance. I'm sure pug owners believe their companions rule the roost. And thank you for that info on the elephants! I didn't know that! Nice to have someone who knows these things from personal experience!

Judy Mackey said...

They are sooooo cute!
Judy

Watercolorist said...

Really cute painting. Love the colors.
Jean

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Ajay, I really enjoyed doing this one.

Hello Sheila. Wow, what a compliment - thank you so very much. The profile is a bit of an accident as it was the only way we could catch them in similar poses. Stig was ok to pose but Yoshi didn't want to know. Elephants are amazing creatures - if you get to the zoo, just watch the way they walk. They're extremely intelligent and family orientated. Lovely animals!

Judy your comment is so humbly appreciated. I have a long way to go to get to your standard of doggy painting.

Thank you so much Jean. I use a lot of this particular colour - buff titanium. I like the way it blends with other colours, especially in background work. By the way, when are we going to see your grandchildren?

Marian Fortunati said...

You just whipped these out?? WOW!!
Love the colors you used to make these little guys even more interesting! Have a great trip... Will you be blogging? (In your "spare" time.)

John Wright Art said...

You've captured a priceless expression on those faces, Liz. I love the expressive brushwork.

sanjeev joshi said...

Yes the dogs are lovely,you can expect many gog portrait clints now!!Its very beautiful.keep it up.
2-0 lead!! only we will know what is this 2-0 business is!!

Art with Liz said...

No, no Marian, it took me two days to do these. I just happened to have finished them when I got visited by Nancy! I don't work as fast as the Northern Hemisphere artists do!! I'm taking my watercolours with me so will try and paint and blog - here's hoping.

Thank you John. It's nice that you're back blogging again. I am trying the bigger brushstroke thing and enjoying it - I guess that's the main thing.

Art with Liz said...

India are playing right now, so I have to catch up. SL are getting closer so it's fingers crossed for your guys - (I miss Anil Kumble!)

Thank you for your comment Sanjeev - I love dogs and I guess it kind of shows, eh?

Dianne said...

Oh Wow! This is gorgeous! You are going to get so many requests for pet portraits - a beautiful painting!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Di and here's hoping xxx

James Parker said...

Stunning Pugs, Liz. I love the doggie paintings popping up all over...did mine a few days ago. I didn't know you were from South Africa...being a wildlife artist in Costa Rica, I admire the work of African subjects and envy your visits to Kruger. Beautiful work, Liz