Friday, April 22, 2011

Illustration Friday: Journey

Last summer I got married and my husband and I honeymooned at the Gunflint Lodge in Northern Minnesota, so far my Minnesota favorite resort in the state! One day we went on a hiking journey. The Gunflint lake borders Canada and we hiked to the top of this bluff... to find an amazing view. The picture I took of my dog is my favorite to date... he was so happy! I started it awhile ago and finished it this week for the theme Journey! So here he is... on a journey with us!

I'd always wanted to do a pet portrait, I've been thinking about it ever since we adopted Bud, but thought I couldn't do it. So I kept avoiding it and then one day, I decided I wanted a portrait of him and started. Since I have never done a pet portrait I thought maybe I should take a class. And then I just stopped doubting myself and started believing in myself. Happy thoughts = Happy Natalie= Happy Painting! I think he turned out great. I added in his real details by just looking at him in person. In the picture his nose looks almost all black and it actually has a little bit of tan/pink and he he has a lot of gray's and white white hair that I added in. Here's the original picture of him!

Have a wonderful weekend and a HAPPY EASTER!


  1. Your dog is adorable. My cat has the same color. Isn't it interesting coincident?
    :) Your pet portrait shows his lovely personality. Thank you for being my follower. Your site is a wonderful corner of the blogosphere and I look forward to exploring your blog.

  2. Pet portraits are hard!... Your dog is darling... happy marriage and happy Minnessota (although maybe when it gets more into summer)

  3. He certainly looks happy! I don't know how doing a "pet portrait" would be any different from doing anything else--shapes are shapes and colors are colors, and it ought to all be the same. But this is a lovely portrait--well done!

  4. Beautiful portrait! They do seem like the happiest dogs! :)