Thursday, July 1, 2010

Man's Best Friend

I think my favourite subject to paint is still dogs.

I love dogs.  I love all animals, but especially dogs.  There is something so special and wholesome about them especially when treated properly.  Their inherent goodness comes through when you are good to them and even when badly treated, like the dogs at DARG, they are still so forgiving.  And I believe the same is true for an organisation in America, the Port Jervis/Deer Park Humane Society who sent an appeal through the Art for Shelter Animals blog for artists to paint portraits of their shelter animals to help raise funds. This link is to Sheila Tajima's blog, and Carrie Jacobson who also plays a major role.  Please have a look - maybe there's a face there that you'll want to paint.

I did a portrait of Cocoa - the chocolatey/reddy brown coat was a definite appeal, plus that gorgeous face!  Even Pit Bulls are special.  Ask Cocoa!

  
and some time ago, I did this small one for DARG.  This is Tammy who was abandoned by her owner, but fortunately has recently been adopted!  Bless you Tammy, enjoy your new home.


21 comments:

Marie Theron said...

Liz, you are so passionate, thank you for really doing something for neglected animals. Of course your dog personalities are very, very, real, total DOG. I can feel them,hear them breath, see them pant....

Carol Blackburn said...

Your dogs are beautiful, Liz. Your love for them shows through your painting.

Anthony Duce said...

Very good paintings. I'm sure they are thanking you in their own way for making them look good

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

paint animals is not simple... the dog you have paint are so good, I like especially the first one

Manon Doyle said...

Awe... I'm a huge dog lover and I just adore your paintings!! great work!!

Lori Bonanni said...

Liz, you are so kind! I haven't tried my hand yet at dogs but I will soon! I love your dog paintings!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Liz, You have such a way with animals and birds. That pit bull is wonderful. You managed to make him look friendly and appealing. More please.

marty said...

le pit bull a une machoire impressionnante et ta peinture
est très expressive - I love dogs too - I had such a kind Labrador -
their life is too short !!
really beautiful painting Liz
bisous

padmaja said...

Both the dogs are adorable and shine with the love with which you gave life to them here..I just melt in front of their unconditional love!

AutumnLeaves said...

Gorgeous portraits, both of them!! I hope and pray that these portraits help these poor abandoned and often times neglected babies.

Marian Fortunati said...

Great cause... great paintings, Liz...
And you know I think Pit Bulls can be the most special and wonderfully friendly dogs!! Mine is!!

瑞尹 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。.................................................................

Charlene Brown said...

Okay, I'll concede that pit bulls painted by you are special, and this one does have a beautiful lustrous coat, and a lovely smile.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Marie - I do love dogs!


And thank you Carol for those kind words!

Art with Liz said...

Dear Tony, what a nice thing to say! Thank you.


Hi Laura, I think when you really love something it makes it easier to paint. I've always been told to paint what I love!

Art with Liz said...

Dear Manon, somehow I just knew you'd be an avid animal lover! Thank you.


Hi Lori, I do hope you try them soon!

Art with Liz said...

Hello Carol! Pit Bulls are friendly! Just ask Marian Fortunati!


I think, Marty, that most artists love animals. At least that's what I find. Thank you for the visit.

Art with Liz said...

Dear Padmaja, I think that's what I so appreciate about dogs - their unconditional love. We can learn so much from them.


Gosh Sherry, you've done your bit for the Gulf, so I guess we're in the same ball park as far as donating paintings are concerned. I too hope that they help as do your wonderful sea paintings help that little bit for the Gulf.

Art with Liz said...

Ha Marian! I was thinking of you when I painted Cocoa's portrait. He's gorgeous, isn't he!


Hi Charlene - all Pit Bulls are gorgeous - again ask Marian!!

Suzanne McDermott said...

I have been remiss in all my blog socializing. I'm afraid there are only so many hours in a day. But I love this work and post. You should give yourself some smile time and go watch this
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sam said...

Beautiful portraits Liz, Im with you dogs are such wonderful creatures and your love really comes across in these.