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Auggie – Pastel Portrait

"Auggie" Silky Terrier - Forever Pet Portraits.wordpress.comOne of the things I love about painting portraits of companion animals is expressing their unique character on canvas. Most of the time, I have to get to know them through the memories of their owners and the many photographs they send.  But for this 9×12 pastel portrait, I had the rare pleasure of meeting Auggie, a very spirited but shy Silky Terrier, shortly before he passed. In person, Auggie’s silky fur was flat and smooth and long, but his owner had also sent me many pictures of him with his hair cut short and tousled, which I thought spoke volumes about the big attitude that smaller dogs like Auggie often have.

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Pixiefly

Pixiefly was born from a sketch I made one dreary winter afternoon while dreaming of summer flowers and all the lovelies they attract to the garden.

2017-12 Pixiefly (1) ink

Pixiefly is dainty but she takes up most of a 9” x 12” sheet of art paper and was drawn in permanent ink, so it really pops off the bright white background. This gorgeous original work of art can be yours for $250 plus S&H. Does not include matting or frame.

Native American Trail Marker Tree Pastel Portrait

2018-7 Trail Tree - Doughty (8)I have been painting portraits of people’s fur babies for many years so you can imagine my surprise when a client who commissioned me to paint his family’s Boston Terrier (See my last post, Bentley, The One-Eyed Wonder Dog) also asked me to paint a portrait of a tree.  And it wasn’t just any tree but an ancient historic Native American trail marker tree. The family had been farming this land for many generations and knew there were some special things about its history. What they didn’t realize was the historic significance of this one massive, oddly-shaped tree, which is well over 300 years old.  Doug found my article on Indian Bent Trees, which sent him on an educational journey that would add another branch of history to his family’s farm and encourage him to educate others in his area about these rare historic markers. Trail trees are bent over while they are saplings and lashed to the ground. As the tree grows, it acts as a pointer that direct others along the trail to a special place in the landscape.  In this case, the trail tree was most likely pointing to a very active spring and a rare waterfall, and possibly, a traditional ceremonial ground. I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to paint this gorgeous historical tree.

You can read more about trail marker and bent trees at my main blog, Show Me Oz:

Indian Bent Trees: History or Legend

https://showmeoz.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/indian-bent-trees-history-or-legend/

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Thunderbird Turtle Painted Turtle Shell

The turtle is a slow but determined creature with the power of the Thunderbird contained within his shell.

Also painted on the inside of the shell and signed. More pictures available on request.

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A note to animal lovers everywhere: This turtle shell is that of a Three-Toed Box Turtle, indigenous to the Missouri Ozarks. I found this shell on my property long after the living turtle had died of natural causes. No turtles were harmed in the making of this work of art.

Turtle Woman Painted Turtle Shell

Turtle Woman brings life to the world as she dances among the stars.

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A note to animal lovers everywhere: This turtle shell is that of a Three-Toed Box Turtle, indigenous to the Missouri Ozarks. I found this shell on my property long after the living turtle had died of natural causes.

Spirit Pony Painted Skull

Spirit Pony Painted Cow Skull Original Art

The Spirit Pony rides through the endless plains of Heaven in search of the One.

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A note to animal lovers everywhere: All of the skulls that I use in my art originate from small, local family farms – not industrial feed lots or CAFO’s. Most often, these animals died of natural causes in the same fields where they lived out their lives.