November and December were busy months for me as the Animal Print orders steadily trickled in. A long-time Gadora reader, Ann, sent a request for her husband’s 60th birthday. Would I paint their two Chocolate Labs? It came with an … Continue reading →
Shortly after the Young House Love post, Gadora received a request, “I just became familiar with your work from reading Young House Love, and I think a watercolor for my mom of her dearly departed yellow lab Sundance would be … Continue reading →
A noble request came via Nevada (and another from YoungHouseLove): “My husband’s beloved yellow Labrador retriever, Daisy, passed away in February. I think he would be so touched to have a portrait of her.”
On May 10th, this request came from Seattle: “A friend of mine just lost her 2-year-old dog that was the light of her life unexpectedly last night. I had planned on getting in touch with you for her birthday and … Continue reading →
It’s January in Texas. Winter. Yesterday was a sunny 75º so Gadora and AJ got out in it. Seems every creature around this house (including the humans… the count is 6) has been suffering from cabin fever (and Cedar fever, but that’s a different story altogether). MAKES US BONKERS. After some minor finagling with the fence out back, that partially blew down after the last arctic winds, Gadora slung open the back door and every one happily filed out. AJ and I made our way to the front, suited up, and got to work.
Gadora and AJ in the shop
Gadora has a few projects up her sleeve. There’s the pair of dainty dressing vanity tables (separated from their middle) that I intend to revive, the set of 4 ladder-back chairs whose caning needs tightening, the awesome antique dresser that wants a new-car shine, and a few smaller pieces almost complete. Oh but wait ’til you see the wire planter basket Gadora turned into a hanging lamp!
Thank YOU Texas for giving this girl a reprieve from summer’s heat, staving off the cold, and the good company with which to get it done.
In November Gadora received an Animal Print request from pups’ adoptive Mother. “I have a yellow lab who we have had since he was a puppy and a retriever mix* we adopted about 1 1/2 years ago.”
A gift for their Dad, Mama had something in mind, “I absolutely love the one you did of “Hershey” up close, personal and so precise.” After a few weeks of emails, and another photo shoot of the happy pups, we settled on the above.
My dearest friend’s Poodle lost her year-long battle with a brain tumor, and then a multitude of ugly side-effects, yesterday. Ooooh dear. There just isn’t a thing one can possibly say to make it any better for my grieving friend. But that was one loved Poodle.
Back in June, Gadora received a request for a pup who’d passed just the day before. Belle (closest to the water) and her pupster-pal Charlotte loved to frolic at their doggy park by the lake. In looking through my Animal Print archives and stopping on my friend’s Poodle, I also discovered I’d not properly posted Belle and Charlotte’s portrait on Gadora.
Two pooch pictures arrived, via Grand Rapids, with a request as an anniversary gift. Cody, mostly Golden but some Newfoundland, is an 8-year-old with 105 pounds of love. He relishes his naps, and generally rises for walks and boat rides.
Cody. He's on a Boat, Man.
Abby, a rescue dog, is surmised to be a Golden/Husky mix around 5-years-old. A very curious and quick-witted pup Abby’s owners feel sure her upbringing was less than ideal. Her current “favorite thing” is to keep the property secure. But Abby earned the nickname “Vengeful Shitter” when she first arrived thinking she owned the house, and would leave a pile of poo if locked outside a room. Stinker! Her Mama confides, “She’s actually quite a lover now!”
Originally, Chase’s Animal Print request was of him under a beach towel. Super cute, true, but Gadora felt less (busy) was more. Megan soon came up with Golden Retriever Chase sitting on the dock in the day.
Chase sitting on the dock...
The photo that accompanied the request was dark and heavily shadowed (not pictured). So, Gadora spent a little bit lightening him up, and carrying stray hairs to give detail to his chest. An aquatic canine, a breed happiest near and paddling in water, here’s Chase with a grayer muzzle and nestled on his beach towel.
Chase's towel-dried hair
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Word came this week that Chase’s Animal Print arrived. “My parents got the picture of Chase and love it, thanks so much!” I hope to see him once framed.
Folks, today was a BIG day. I’ve always been fond of Hump Day. I’m still panting. Received an email on Monday that one of my Animal Prints made it into the magical hands of an Editor at DailyCandy and they LOVED it. They were fact-checking. Gadora knew to get ready.
DailyCandy - June 17, 2009
Above is a snippet, and here is the IN DOG WE TRUSTstory… (< click it!) Needless to say when I awoke (über early with anticipation), I headed straight to my inbox. And there they were. YOUR pet pictures.
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Chihuahuas. Labradors. Labradoodles. A Vizsla. A Wheaten. A dearly-missed Whippet. Could I paint a horse? Half-breeds. Mutts. Calico Cats. Etc. Etc. Etc. And along with each precious email came an even better story. Gadora had immeasurable fun today talking with you about your pride in your pets. Next, I’m off to paint them…
DC, you ARE Top Dog. The Cat’s pajamas. The Bee’s knees. And quite possibly the Clam’s garters. And I thank you.
Legally his name is Alejandro del Jalapeño, but we in the know call him A.J. He’s a perky, mindful pooch and is always good for a smile. He throws his head back when I (or any one) walk through the door, and howls at the heavens celebrating a human arrival. If I were to give Señor AJ a caption, he’d yip, “Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!”
5′ x 7′
Having had a pet monkey for years AJ finally chewed through its knotty tendrils. My BFF called to tell me the news and as luck would have it, Gadora soon found a suitable replacement. AJ’s real reaction? “Monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey!!!” Alejandro es muy entusiasmado indeed.