Canine Companions

I’ll be honest.  I always thought pet portraits were a little hokey, but lately I’ve been really moved by the love people have for their pets.  Living in a small studio apartment, I unfortunately do not have the luxury of having a dog of my own (and ten minutes in a room with a cat could kill me–allergies)…but that doesn’t stop me from paying tribute to others’.

Here are three paintings, in very different styles, of my sister and brother-in-law’s three dogs…and a sketch of Andy Cohen with his dog Wacha, because I am a little bit in love with him.  (Wacha, that is.  I have a soft spot for troublemaking beagles.)

My "niece," Penny...we think she's an American dingo/Carolina dog.

My “niece,” Penny…we think she’s an American dingo/Carolina dog.

My elder "nephew," Kirby, who has color-shifted from an all-black lab mix to having a beautifully clownish white mask in his old age.

My elder “nephew,” Kirby, who has color-shifted from an all-black lab mix to having a beautifully clownish white mask in his old age.

My younger "nephew," Rudy, an Australian shepherd the size of a VW beetle who thinks he's a chihuahua.  Here, he's being coy in the moonlight.

My younger “nephew,” Rudy, an Australian shepherd the size of a VW beetle who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Here, he’s being coy in the moonlight.

 

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