Saturday, August 22, 2009

Carlos

Carlos is an elderly gentleman(dog) who lives in an historic house in Constantia, one of the first wineland areas established in the Western Cape.

My sister was doing her dog/housesitting with Carlos and two of his pals whilst their mom went overseas to the UK.

I met him when she brought him round for a visit. He is practically blind and quite deaf, but he still loves life, and very definitely, FOOD. Put your hand near him and it's snuffle, snuffle, looking for tidbits to eat.

I don't think he's going to be with us for much longer, but as his doctor says, he's happy and in no pain, so let him enjoy his twilight years in the luxurious comforts of the Constantia greenbelt.

28 comments:

Charlene Brown said...

I sometimes wonder why some people think pugs are the cutest dogs in the world... but Carlos makes it much easier to understand. Your painting is absolutely delightful!

Marian Fortunati said...

I agree with Charlene...
But your painting of Carlos adds charm to the breed!!

What to go Liz!

Carolann said...

I love this painting of Carlos, he is a sweetie. You have captured his personality and dignified charm.
Congratulations - his owner will love this too.

Cindi said...

liz.. i have seen you art on many of the diffrent challenges and i had to stop by and say wow!! love your paintings!!! thanks so much for sharing!! ill be back again if it ok and when i have a few more minutes... and just enjoy!!

thank you!!

Judybec said...

beautiful painting of a sweet dog! He's charming.
Great that you're on the daily painter group! way to go!!!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

You've painted him beautifully, Liz!Lovely expression!

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh, I do so hate to hear that Carlos may not be here much longer. He is truly a handsome gent. He has an awesome bite and such soulful big eyes...Lovely, Liz.

Janelle Goodwin said...

You captured his sweet doggy soul perfectly, Liz!

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Lovely painting, Liz.
by the way. December 5 :-)

Arti said...

Isn't he cute! Very lovely expressions, a brilliant painting.

Rosemary said...

Carlos is precious! Last night I visited my niece whose elderly pug, Ike, cannot see or hear but also seems quite happy and content. These dogs know they are loved! What a great job on the portrait!

Mary said...

This is a wonderful painting, Liz, with dignity and individual character--and free of the over-sentimentality of some pet portraits. I wish Carlos could see it; I think he would be pleased.

Your painting from the life drawing in the previous post is also amazing--expressive and glowing. I'm glad you have your computer back and can share your lovely pieces with us.

Megha Chhatbar said...

He is soooooooooo cute! Look at his eyes..they are so expressive...and the fury effect is beautifully done..!

Color Pencil Drawing: Warkaris/Varkaris of Pune

Art with Liz said...

Oh Charlene, they're beautiful! I think bulldogs are the cutest dogs in the world! Go figure! Thank you for the lovely comment.


Hi Marian - I just love all dogs, even the ugly ones! I so appreciate your kind words. Thank you.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Carolann, thank you so much. He is a sweetie!


Hello Cindi. Thanks so much for the visit - it's so nice to meet new bloggers and see their work as well. Your watercolours are superb.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Judy, thank you and this DPIAG is a new learning curve for me. You are so kind.


Aaah Ramesh, I always appreciate your visits and your comments. Thank you so much.

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Autumn Leaves, it's always so sad that dogs have such short lives, but Carlos is now 16 years old. And so far he's still fine! (By the way, having discovered your name on another blog, would you still prefer Autumn Leaves?)


Hello and thanks so much Janelle. Maybe a painting of Lucy from you??

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Peggy. Sagittarius hey? I'm an old goat!


Gosh Arti, thank you so much for your lovely words.

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Rosemary, thank you, for the comment and the visit. I have found out that you are that wonderful artist on the Masters Challenge blog. Great stuff.


Hi there Mary, thanks for popping by and for the lovely comment. Carlos is quite a character in that he asks for no sympathy, just food!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Megha - he is really cute in real life!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Carlos looks like such a sweetie with those big brown eyes! Nice painting Liz!

Amanda Dagg said...

Beautiful painting. I love your choice of colours it looks calming. Carlos looks so sweet!

rachelsstudio.com said...

Carlos is precious - love how you captured the light in his eyes, or maybe wisdom??

gianlucio said...

Hello Elizabeth, Congratulations for the beautiful paintings!
Gianlucio

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much for the lovely comment Rhonda. So appreciated.


Hello Amanda. Thank you for visiting my blog and saying such nice things about it. Carlos is sweet 16! Hope you visit again.

Art with Liz said...

Ohmygosh Rachel, coming from you I'm bowled over by the compliment! Thank you so very very much.


Wow Gianlucio, my fist visitor from one of my favourite countries, Italy. Thank you so much. I will be visiting you as well.

Becky said...

You did a great job with Carlos. I have 2 pugs and Fuji is my senior pug. He looks so very sweet just like my Fuji. Now my Gidget is a trouble maker. I am keeping her for my friend who had the stroke. There is just something so very special about a pug and no one would understand til they had the pleasure of owning one.

Mineke Reinders said...

Oh, he would just steal anyone's heart. What a sweet dog. And so beautifully painted. You capture the soul of the animal in your paintings, Liz. What a gift you have.