I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did. There was turkey, and stuffing, and more trips to the dog park than was remotely reasonable.
The whole thing left me in such a good mood that I’ve decided to do something I haven’t done in over two years. Have a sale! For Monday and Tuesday only, all of my custom pet portraits and gift certificates for custom pet portraits (including pet sketches) will be 10% off.
A quick note: it was a busy season, and I can’t take any more painting orders that will be finished by Christmas morning. But if you purchase a painting for the holidays, I will send you a sweet, little card that tells the recipient that her custom pet portrait will arrive in early January. Or, if you think the recipient would prefer to work with me directly to design her own pet portrait, you can also get 10% off a gift certificate to put under the tree.
Let me know if you have any questions, and Happy Holidays!
I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is only 2 days away! And Hanukkah too! Here at house Willsie-Saipe we’ve already outlined our 2-day pie production plan (pie is serious business, people!), we’ve wrapped our Hanukkah gifts, and we’re ready to roll.
It’s been a busy week in the studio as I work hard to finish up some of my holiday commissions. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas fly by at the speed of light. I still have a few more paintings to go, so I’m glad that I didn’t procrastinate too much this year.
In between painting fur and fluff, I found the time to squeeze in a colorful abstract (just because I felt like it). I think I’ll hang it upstairs where it’ll make these dark, wintery mornings feel a little brighter. I hope that you have a perfectly wonderful holiday, and I’ll see you on the far side of this turkey-binge!
I’ve been playing around with a new idea in some of my recent paintings, and I’d love to know what you think. Most of my paintings over the last few years have focused on how we see our pets – specifically, the special expressions and mannerisms they reserve just for their favorite humans. It’s what my custom pet portrait business is all about.
But recently I’ve flipped it around, and started to think about how our pets perceive the world they live in. I can’t know for sure what they see, having never been a dog myself (in this lifetime…), but I can make some pretty good guesses.
My dog Copernicus seems to have a singular focus throughout his day. If he’s enjoying his supper, nothing exists but those bits of kibble in his bowl. If he’s taking a nap, nothing matters but the sunny spot in front of the window. And if he’s ready to play, his entire world revolves around that tennis ball.
In this new painting, “Patience,” I tried to capture that moment of singular focus in the life of a dog. His world lacks all context, and all he sees is the object of his affection, and the thing that’s standing in his way.
I feel like this tunnel vision is one of the qualities I love most about my dog. Because when he looks at me, it’s as though I’m the only thing in the world that matters to him. You know exactly the expression I’m talking about, right?
Every once in a while, I’ll start a painting without knowing where I’m going. It’s pretty rare, but it happens. Knowing how much paint and canvas actually costs, I get nervous about wasting materials. But once in a blue moon, I’ll find myself wandering over to my easel, grabbing paints, and diving right on in without a plan.
Last week, I found myself dripping and smudging some blues, greens, and teals onto a gesso board. When I finished, I had an interesting, ethereal blue-green landscape, but no idea where to go next. I let it sit on my easel for a few days, imagining different possibilities for finishing it. And then I saw it…a cat stretching after a delicious nap. I finished the painting that very afternoon.
I may not have known where the painting was heading, but I’m happy with where it ended up. I tried to capture that delicious post-nap moment in a cat’s life where nothing matters but her favorite chair. I had so much fun painting this small vignette that I may even make a little series out of it. Who knows?