Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Finished the commissioned Collie Painting!

This one took me a while to do.
The client said to do whatever I wanted.
She just wanted her Collie painted.
She thought maybe just the head and shoulders.
She emailed me a lot of photos and this one was marked her favorite:
She said, maybe a pastel color for a background?
and the "starfish" story written on it.
and maybe a starfish painted on it too.
She knows her dog very well, all of her distinct markings.
So I knew I had to get it right.
Her Collie, Kelly is a rescue. My "client" actually works with me at the vet clinic.
Kelly was brought into the clinic from the Humane Society. Someone had left her there and it soon became very obvious that she had some major medical issues.
She was having a lot of nose bleeding and the blood wouldn't clot.
She's had some other medical problems too.
It's a very long story but Lisa (my client) adopted her and has taken her to the State University for various tests and she's been in contact with several vets all over the country.
She has actually spent several thousands of dollars on Kelly and...
she doesn't care. All she cares about is getting Kelly well.
And Kelly is doing better.
She's on meds and her nosebleeds are not as frequent.
Some people have shaken their heads over the fact that Lisa took this all on and
Lisa doesn't care. All she cares about is Kelly and that's why she loves the starfish story.
SO... I didn't show her any progress on the painting.
It was a complete surprise.
I took it to work and she covered her eyes and when she saw it,
she started crying.
Yep, she loved it.
 I was so happy and relieved.
But she was very happy.
and so I am too!


denise said...


Sandy Mastroni said...

that's a beautiful story
You did a wonderful job on this Cindi
I'm glad I stopped by to read this , right before I go to sleep ....... sweet dreams now

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...I love the way you did this one. It's perfection. You got her just right and the starfish story is perfect for this dog. I'm sure she did love it.

leslie said...

I love it, too. That's sure one lucky woman, and one lucky dog.

yoborobo said...

Oooh, Cindi, I love this! You have such a wonderful graphic style, and it really shows in the love you've put into this piece. What a great story, and a good reminder, too. Save a starfish. :)) xox!

Blue Dragon Arts said...

That is a beautiful piece of art you created...and a beautiful story too!

sassypackrat said...

Beautiful job Cindi!

carla said...

Hi!!! I love love it!! The painting on the face is wonderful!!! You put her sweetness in!!! You can just feel it when you look at it!! I love the starfish story!! They are both making a difference in the others life!!! Love it!!!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

That is a really good painting! You've captured her perfect!

Have a great day!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

OMG this collie is super!!! You have captured the loving essence of this beloved pet. Great job! Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Gillian, @look_mama said...

Excellent job! I love it.

Angela Santaniello said...

I love this! The story and mix of textures are just so wonderful! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog!


An Urban Cottage said...

You did a really good job on the painting. It looks exactly like the photo. It's no surprise she's pleased with it.

Robin Kent said...

So glad you've taken this painting/commission stuff up. You're giving such happiness to others! (And yourself as well). So nice to see.

Robin Kent said...

So glad you've taken this painting/commission stuff up. You're giving such happiness to others! (And yourself as well). So nice to see.