Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moose - SOLD

"Moose Man" SOLD
6" x 6" watercolor on paper

"When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself.

He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever—in case I need him. And I expect I will—as I always have. He is just my dog."
Gene Hill

My friend Carrie Waller sent me a photo of her dog Moose when I put a call out for dog photos on my facebook page. Don't you just love his face? All love and devotion. He has very soulful eyes. He's a bull mastif I believe, and quite large, but a real sweetheart with her two small boys (sounds just like my dog :), even if he is large enough to eat the breakfast off their plates at the dining room table. ;)

This is my entry for this week's Daily Paintworks challenge, which was to paint a close up of an animal. That's kind of my thing so I just had to do it right?

See you next week everyone! Huzzah!! :)

33 comments:

  1. Crystal, I'm so happy you did the DPW Challenge- and so superbly! Wonderfully warm painting.

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  2. What a wonderful portrait of Moose! The eyes are so loving, Crystal.

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  3. Oh my God!! that pretty. I love it ... congrats

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  4. ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ·.•*•♫°•♫·.•ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ!!!

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  5. So expressive... I just love it!

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  6. Love his expression and his soulful eyes! The painting is so perfectly executed, and I love the glowing reflected light that is so characteristic of your work.

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  7. I am sure Carrie was thrilled with the portrait. It is spectacular. You have done an incredible job with his expression and his coloring.

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  8. Watercolor at it's best. Excellent capture of the soul of man's best friend!

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  9. Just love what you do with these pet portraits, he truly is soulfully beautiful

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  10. There are dogs, Crystal, and then there are DOGS. This is a DOG, right down to those whiskers - nice touch. The eyes, the colour ... it's all there, perfect.

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  11. This is a beautiful portrait of a handsome dog! Crystal! I love his eyes, and the close-up is perfect.

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  12. I'm in love!!!! Moose has never looked so good:) you captured him perfectly! He's so expressive with those eyes! Just amazing work, he glows and is soulful, absolute perfection!!!

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  13. Awh- amazing! Love that you did this and know that Carrie does too- Really special!

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  14. Oh my, this is beautiful...and looks just like our son's dog, Max!

    I have tried to paint our little Shih Tzu, but just can't capture her. Wish I could take lessons from you.

    I would love to see your process~ Do you start with a photo?

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  15. I am in love with Moose, too! Beautiful painting, Crystal!

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  16. Ohhhhhhhh.. I love this guy.. Just cant get over his oh so lovely face. How do you paint emotions even in animals. I am amazed.

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  17. perfect painting of a perfect soul :) You have captured his goodness!

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  18. I just lOve the expression on his face! And how you depicted his eyes are just amazing... I also like how you painted his nose -- are those juicy darks also layered?

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  19. This is beyond all words! His eyes look so incredibly real - I almost mistook it for a photo! I know I have said it before, but I can never see a possible way for your paintings to get any better - but then you paint something even more gob-smackingly amazing. I don't know how you do it! Carrie must be SO happy with this! :0)

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  20. I missed that call out for dog faces or I would have sent a stream of Martha ones. But this is superb. You are a master at dogs-I so love the pencil sketch I bought of the yellow lab that looks exactly like Martha. Love Gene Hill's words too. great post

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  21. Ah, doggies. We have three. I often hate the mess and the hair and the inconveniences but what would life be like without them? Quite empty. I love cats too but am really allergic unfortunately. This "Moose" guy is something else! What a sweetheart! Beautifully painted, Crystal.

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  22. I absolutely love this and am amazed at the expression, at the light, and that you are able to do all this in watercolor. Simply amazing.

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  23. This watercolor is amazing. Love the expression captured in his sweet eyes. You do the most incredible dog portraits!

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  24. Wonderful! His eyes are so soulful and gentle--you've captured him so lovingly!

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  25. So beautiful . . . I write this with tears in my eyes . . . that accompanying passage was really touching. I'm a hopeless, hapless dog-lover. (I read your entry about your son a couple posts ago, also with tears in my eyes, but I just didn't comment about it . . . but now that you've done it to me again, I thought I'd let you know . . . and that I don't just cry about dogs!) :)

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  26. absolutely gorgeous painting ....will wait for your green boa :)

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  27. what a sweet sweeeet face you captured here....your work amazes me.

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