Sunday, February 15, 2009

Elizabethan dog

9 x 12 coloured pencil

I started this piece back in November as a work in progress, then got waylaid by other projects. This portrait is of my dog, Biscuit, who died about 3 years ago at the age of 16.

He had amazingly thick fur and a ruff of fur around his neck like a lion's mane that always made him look like he was wearing an Elizabethan collar. You could sink your hand into the fur and it would cover your hand completely. That probably explains why so much of it was on my sofa!

This piece was done from a photo taken while he sat in a snowbank the winter before he died. On close inspection while drawing his eyes, you could see the reflection of the living room window in his eyes. He'd watch carefully for signs of movement then rush to the front door to be let in.

Still missed, my friend...


Billie Crain said...

what a wonderful tribute to your buddy.:) that reminds me...i still want to do a portrait of Raven, my dear departed(and sorely missed) kitty. i think i will use you idea of doing a black cat on black paper. that was gorgeous!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Billie.

Yes, you should do that portrait of Raven. I know it will be fabulous. Black on black really works well.

Jo Castillo said...

Beautiful. Your other three portraits came out wonderfully well.

Anonymous said...

I love this drawing of Biscuit, the Elizabethan collar sure makes me chuckle.

Robyn said...

I'm sorry I missed this drawing of Biscuit. Lovely Boy and the missing is the price we pay, sadly.