Painting Beloved Pets is So Gratifying

Today, my first official paying client (meaning not a family member) picked up the portrait I painted of his beloved dog. When he first saw the painting, tears sprung to his eyes. He commissioned me to paint his Golden Retriever, who had passed away this year. He is giving the portrait to his wife as a very special Christmas gift.

My client was thrilled. He loved the detail of the dog’s face, her bright brown eyes and pink nose.

The original photo was somewhat blurry, and the dog was on the grass.  In the portrait, I matched the background colors to those in his new home – yellows, greys and beiges.

I promised I wouldn’t post it anywhere on social media until after Christmas, to prevent his wife from finding out.  Better safe than sorry, right?  So right after Christmas, I’ll post a photo of the portrait. I’m so excited to hear how his wife reacts to the portrait. His thrilled and excited response to my art was so gratifying…it made my day.

Now, I move on to the next portrait…I have three more commissioned portraits to complete before Christmas.  Busy!

Living the Life I Want!

What a whirlwind few months as I transition out of Open the Door Group and begin Haute Dauge Portraits!  In just a few short weeks, I’ve transformed to an Artist (with a capital A).  That means:

1. Taking lessons from a seasoned professional Artist (thanks, Stephen Lursen from Donna Downey Studios).

2. Participating in a weekly Open Studio session with about ten other artists in Huntersville.

3. Perusing the shelves and online stores of Michael’s, Binders, Dick Blick and other art-supply stores.

4. Discussing the merits of different brushes and learning what gesso means.


I’ve painted about five dog portraits and now working on my first PAID COMMISSIONED work, of a beautiful orange cat. Stay tuned!

More to come as I continue to live the life I want, in being an artist! I’ll be featuring some of my work, along with descriptive copy…so if you love dogs, cats, art and/or painting, please subscribe to my blog!