The pleasure I get from my art is when the recipient loves what I have done for them.
Several months ago I was asked if I could do a digital painting of a lovely dog called “Master” who had passed away several years ago but was so loved that the owner wanted a special portrait for her husbands birthday.
Donna and I plotted in secret with me updating her as the painting progressed and ensuring that it would truly be a ‘surprise gift’. Many many layers and hours later, Master was completed, and I don’t know who was more excited about it – Donna or myself! As the days ticked by and the birthday got closer I just couldn’t wait to see the reaction of the birthday boy and I wasn’t disappointed. He loved it and now Master is proudly hanging in their home. He’s also hanging in my home as I enjoy having my artwork around me.
So here is the final painting. Such a gorgeous wee boy!
Now while I was doing this painting, Master really reminded me of a dog that my parents had a long time ago called “Toffee”. Unfortunately she did not live long, and left her brother “Mac” behind. Mac lived a long and happy life, but sadly he joined his sister after a battle with cancer.
After Mac passed away I did an oil painting of him for them. I was still finding my way artistically but figured it was done with love so I sent it off. It took my Mum a long time before she could take it out of the tube and get it framed.
Back then digital painting was not even on my radar, but after doing the Master painting, and thinking how much he looked like Toffee that I could be a little sneaky and use this likeness to create a double portrait for my parents.
I used the original oil painting and basically repainted him digitally and then combined the two portraits. So “Mac and Toffee” were born!
Toffee was slightly different in colouring, so I adjusted accordingly. I sent the pic off to my parents who cropped it slightly and printed it out on A4 glossy paper and liked it so much, they got it framed.
I can’t thank Donna enough to ask me to do the portrait of Master because not only did her husband get pleasure from it, my parents did too, and you can’t ask for more than that as an artist.