Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Monty

Size: 8 x 10 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Hardboard
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This is one of the commission portraits I've just finished. The name of this adorable Sheltie is Monty. The reference photo given to me was not good enough to work from, so I researched and found a perfect ref photo at WetCanvas. Yes, it's this sleeping dog because Monty is blind.

My client purchased this commission as a gift to her husband. When I showed the image of the painting, she said "This will bring tears to my husband's eyes ..." What a nice compliment! It's so rewarding to do commissions when the paintings make your clients happy.

Cats-A-Way Cats, one of the charities I have been supporting, is in desperate need for help right now. Their shelter building was damaged in flood and they need funds to rebuild it. Currently they have no place to house their incoming cats/kittens except their home and it is FULL. Any amount of donation will help. This is their website and this is their donation page with Paypal link.

27 comments:

dominique eichi said...

Monty is so beautiful I can understand the owners having a tear shed for such a great piece.
I'm happy to see more dogs too.....
How long did this piece take you to make approx.
So lovely, BRAVO

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Akiko, this is just phenomenal - how thrilled the customers will be - They absolutely treasure this. You amaze me!!

artbyakiko said...

Dominique thanks! It took me about 15 hours. Way too much for the price, as always. :(

Karen, thanks for your compliment! This client is in Australia. She found me though the Internet. :)

Mona said...

Akiko, it's amazing to know that you did this in only 15 hours! It's wonderful fur and beautifully posed.
Great work.

Carolee said...

15 hours?? I would have guessed FAR longer - the detail is just amazing! What a wonderful tribute to their beloved companion...

~ Carolee

Joanne said...

You are an astonishing artist, Akiko! The beauty of this creature and his glorious fur is perfectly set off by the depth of the blues in the background. I am sure this will bring more commissions your way. :-)

Sheila said...

Subarashii! How wonderful to paint something that will be treasured for years to come.

Melody Lea Lamb said...

Akiko, every time I see a new piece you've created, I am sure you just can't get any better...than you do!! Wow..wow..wow. I'm honored to be in your company. :)

Vern Schwarz said...

Akiko this piece is fabulous. I love the closed eyes, given the fact that Monty is blind. I want to pet that gorgeous fur.

artbyakiko said...

Mona and Carolee, thanks! I'm glad that I am not the only slow painter.

Joanne, Sheila, Mel, and Vern, thank you so much for such wonderful remarks! I really appreciate it.

Kathleen Coy said...

What a sweet painting, Akiko! I'm glad you found a photo that worked so well...good reference photos make a huge difference! And I wish I could paint faster too, lol.

artbyakiko said...

Kathleen, thanks! So you also are a slow painter. :-)

Edward Burton said...

WONDERFUL portrait, Akiko! The fur looks amazing.

artbyakiko said...

Edward, thank!

Dean Grey said...

Akiko!

You've done it again!

Another stunning painting!

Such fantastic soft texture on the dog's fur. Wonderful sleeping pose, natural looking colors, and great composition.

I've said it once and I'll continue to keep saying it....."Akiko makes the impossible, possible!"

-Dean

L.Holm said...

oh my Akiko, this is so beautiful. Absolutely tender and...I'm speechless. it's exquisite. The husband will cry. how could he not!

artbyakiko said...

Dean and Liz, thanks for your kind remarks! I really appreciate it.

DEB said...

Akiko, your art always brings tears to MY eyes...and I don't even have a dog!

Jala Pfaff said...

I'm always amazed at how you do fur. It looks so real!

artbyakiko said...

Deb and Jala, thanks!!

James Parker said...

I am constantly astounded, Akiko, by your amazing artwork. This si simply superb. Sorry to be such a strngere, with my move and all, but kinda normal now. Keep up te magnificent work.

artbyakiko said...

James thank you for your visit!!

Art Fan Ako said...

I love realistic painting... so hard to do! Yours up there with the best!

fanny said...

very nice!...yeah the fur looks so real!

Alice Thompson said...

Akiko, you show that you care and seek excellence in everything you do. I know that your estimated 15 hours is far below what it actually took overall. You probably didn't count the correspondence time, the time it took to make the decision for you change your clients reference photo to another, the research, packing & shipping, customs forms... and most importantly watching paint dry as you decide how it should develop. Don't forget it took you a lifetime to paint as sharp and as beautifully as you do... 15 hours????

The warmth and love in your art always shows.

artbyakiko said...

fanny, thank you so much!

artbyakiko said...

Alice, thanks! You are right. It took me more than 15 hours. I'm never comfortable doing commissions, but I usually have fun while painting. So in a way, I had 15 hours of fun and several more hours that were not so fun. :-)

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