Sunday, January 19, 2014


Don't tell me whenever.
Because whenever will take a good long time
and because whenever could become never.
Well maybe not never, I usually will do it, eventually
but I will wait until the last minute.
What in the Hell am I talking about?
Oh, a commissioned painting.
You need to tell me when you need it by.
After the last painting that I did for someone at work
I still had another co-worker who had asked me to do a painting of her dog.
A dog that has passed on and whom I had never met.
But this co-worker said that "whenever" was fine.
So I got my Christmas projects done
and now my co-worker is about a month away from giving birth.
So I guess Whenever is here.
I knew for a while that I had better get it in gear.
I had been doing a little bit at a time.
I like to paint in the day time when the sun is shining in the windows and the light is really good.
I hate trying to do it at night next to a lamp...
So that just leaves me the weekends
and, I'm finally done.
Here's the photo:

and here's the painting -


Nita Stacy said...

Oh..he's fun! She'll love it! I especially love the eyes. I know what you mean about painting in the light and not at night by a lamp. But seems I always end up painting at night by a lamp.

Vicki said...

Oh yes!! Perfect, that's him alright :) What's this lovely boy's name?

When I was painting animal portraits, I was always sure to "pin down" a required time from the client. I prefer to work to a deadline, otherwise, I can get distracted by other projects.
And, there's nothing like natural light to paint by - so important.

It's a truly lovely portrait and I'm so sure his human mum will be absolutely in love with it!
Well done Cynthia :)

Cynthia Myers said...

Thanks Nita!
Yes, bright direct light is best. I found that sometimes I'll paint at night and in the daylight the color looks wrong and I have to go back over it again. That's what happened with this one. Oh well, we do what we can do.

Cynthia Myers said...

His name was Zeus.
and I was told that he passed while she was on her honeymoon...such a horribly sad story.
I try to just sketch and do tiny little details at night but I have to have sunlight to do most of it. Therefore my weekends are the only time I have to work on projects like this and that's probably why I put it off for so long.
And Thanks! I hope his mom likes it too!

Abi said...

Fabulous Cindi - you did a first class job. Did she love it? I know I would.

tammy j said...

you've captured his laughing face.
and his eyes perfectly.
it is so sad...
to come home from a honeymoon to find him gone. tragic to me really.
and he looks like he was just a little puppy!
beautiful work dearest c.
and what a gift to her. special.

Cynthia Myers said...

Thanks Abi!
I think she did.
She smiled real big and when I asked if she thought it looked like him, she said Yes.
She's one of those quiet people who doesn't smile a lot, so kinda hard to read but I do think she was Happy...
I mean, she smiled!

Cynthia Myers said...

Thank you Tammy.
I'm always more worried when I don't actually know the dog and his personality.
On a very sad note, she knew he was gone before she got home. She had called the boarding kennel (NOT my kennel) to see how he was doing and they bluntly told her that he had gotten bloat and died.) I just can't imagine how horrible that must have been for her.
Makes me hug mine closer.

Anonymous said...

You've captured him so great!

Have a great day!

Cynthia Myers said...

Thank you Christer!
I used acrylics and my new Inktense pencils!

An Urban Cottage said...

Love the eyes!

Cynthia Myers said...

Thanks Steve!
I think they are what I worry about most.

carla said...

He is adorable!!! He shows lots of personality!!! Great work!!!

Cynthia Myers said...

Thanks so much.
I always worry would I do a commission.