Monday, June 2, 2014

"Family"

When Maggie's owner saw Maggie and Pippin's portrait, she commissioned me to paint a pastel portrait of Maggie's family.  The first dog is Maggie's Dad and the little one is Maggie's Mom.  The rest of them are family as well except for the older one in the middle who was found abused so the breeder took him in and took care of him until he died.  The reference picture was taken by the breeder as they all looked through the back window of the car.  I know I've been painting animals lately but I "really" needed to paint this one.  Don't you just want to smile when you look at this happy family?  

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  1. Ohhhhhhhh! This is so beautiful! Everyone has their own little expression! beautiful and great painting!

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    1. Thank you MYRA!!! I'm so glad you like these guys!!!!

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  2. Yes, yes, yes! This does make me smile! I just love this, Hilda - it is so lovingly done. Each dog has a personality and a distinctive look! I am in love!

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    1. thank you so much SUSAN for stopping by! I really enjoyed painting these dogs! I did feel like each dog had their own personality....

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  3. They all look so happy together, a perfect family portrait Hilda!

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    1. Thank you so much PADMAJA for commenting on the Family!!! Glad you liked them!!!

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  4. This is priceless, Hilda. And how fun! I love everything about it!

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    1. Thank you so much DARLA!! They were so much fun to paint! and happy that you liked them.!!

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  5. What a sweet painting! Yes, it makes me smile. I am certain the person who wanted this is over the moon for it. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much CELESTE! I'm glad to say that I gave it to the lady yesterday and she absolutely loved it..
      That's what makes us happy!!

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  6. Hilda, what a beautiful portrait of this family.

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    1. Thank you SO much CAROL!! I appreciate your comment!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  7. ¡Todo un ejercicio de virtuosismo con el pastel! Un excelente trabajo, Hilda.

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    1. Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado este pastel...lo agradezco tu comentario, ANTONIO... un abrazo!

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  8. Hilda, incredible work!! A beautiful family portrait and I love hearing the back story.You never cease to amaze me with your work!

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    1. You just made me smile, CELIA! thank you for your lovely comment!!!

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  9. Wow it must have been an experience to paint this entire clan!They all looks so adorable- you have done a great job..and I must tell you, once you start painting animals- you do not want to go back to painting humans :D
    Looking forward to see more animal portraits.

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    1. thank you ARTI for stopping by and for your very nice comment. I do enjoy painting animals but I'm in the middle of a Human painting..lol. I did enjoy painting these guys..no complaints from them...

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  10. Genial, simpática familia, buen trabajo, Hilda. Un abrazo

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, OLGA por tu comentario muy generoso. lo agradezco tu visita.
      un abrazo.

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  11. Best family portrait ever, Hilda!!

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    1. Thank you SO much, SHERRY for stopping by and for such a nice comment! I appreciate your visit!!!

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  12. Perfect setting for the family photo, Hilda!!! Love it! Well done, Hilda :)

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    1. Thank you so much for such a nice comment, my friend...I'm glad you liked it!!

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  13. Hilda - I certainly did want to smile when I saw this family. I so love this painting. Looks like you captured each one's sweet personality too. Hope you are having a lovely day.

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    1. thank you so much DEBBIE for stopping by and commenting. They were all so much fun to paint...enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  14. I am smiling Hilda. What a heart warming painting...it's just beautiful and I hope you were giggling the entire time you worked on it.

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    1. I'm so glad you like this portrait CAROL. I "did" do a lot of smiling to myself...it's wonderful when we can enjoy the painting we do...

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  15. This is so sweet , a gorgeous painting of a lovely family :-))

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    1. thank you so much JANE! I'm so glad you liked it! Challenging but fun!!!

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  16. Absolutely, Hilda! So cute and endearing. Wonderful photo reference. You've done a phenomenal job as always.

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    1. thank you so much CAROL! If I get a good reference picture for the painting, it makes it so much easier...glad you liked it!!!

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  17. A very happy family!!! I admire all your wonderful pastel portraits (women,children,men and animals)! Dear Hilda, you manage your pastels in a true great way !!!

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    1. thank you so much RITA for such a nice comment. I feel the same when I see your watercolor masterpieces! I can't imagine painting with water....but I enjoy seeing them on everyone's blog.

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  18. I agree! It does make me smile to see all of those adorable faces! They are gorgeous! What a lovely job you have done :0)

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    1. thank you SO much SANDRA....such a nice comment. I appreciate you stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  19. Che spettacolo! Bellissimo dipinto Hilda, hai una sensibilità da grandissima artista. Un abbraccio.

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    1. thank you SO much TITO for such a lovely comment! Glad you stopped by !! hugs!!!

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  20. Love it,goldens are so special!!!
    Wonderful portrait.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by CAROLINE! Yes, Golden Retrievers are so beautiful and such good dogs...Glad you liked it!!

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  21. Hi Hilda. Excellent, excellent, ..., excellent ¡¡¡
    Hugs from Barcelona

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    1. I'm so glad you liked this portrait of the dogs, BLANCO!! Have a wonderful Evening...

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  22. Absolutely beautiful work, Hilda!

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    1. Thank you so much JUDY! I appreciate you stopping by and for leaving me such a lovely comment.!!

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  23. Hilda, once again you took on a major challenge and completed it excellently!!!! Beautiful and heart warming!!

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    1. Thank you so much PAT! It was a challenge but I loved painting them! and the client loved it which makes me so happy! Glad you stopped by! ..

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  24. Que hermoso retrato Hilda. Es perfecto! Has sabido traspasar en pintura toda esta sensibilidad que estos animales dan!
    Tengo gatos. Parecida al de tu dibujo anterior. Todo empezó con una gatita perdida que apareció en mi casa. No la puedo tener en casa porque me ausento mucho, pero le doy de comer todos los días que estoy y me lo agradece. Es muy cariñosa. Hace un mes, me apareció en la puerta, con cinco gatitos muy pequeños, que todos los días (que estoy en casa) les doy de comer y como son aún muy pequeñitos, tengo un vecino que se acerca y les da de comer.
    En el blog de ladrones de cuadernos, que colaboro, he hablado de ellos y he dibujado algunos.
    Me ha recordado esta familia de perros.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, JOSH por un comentario muy generoso...!! Visite tu blog de ladrones de cuadernos y me encanta los dibujos de los gatitos.. era un cuento muy comico...!!!
      Un abrazo fuerte!!!
      Era un cuento muy comico

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  25. This is perfection Hilda. Simply perfection and I can see why you had to paint it. I am amazed at how there is a wise old expression on the papa dog...and you caught the sadness in the middle dog's expression. They are all precious!

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    1. Thank you so much LISA for stopping by to comment. After seeing the reference photo of these 6 dogs, I got a bit scared at first...but when you start painting them it got easier..lol
      I felt so sorry for the old dog but was happy to learn he was loved many years until he died!
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  26. Oh, Hilda, this is wonderful!!! All those faces just make you smile. I have a hard time painting one dog...never mind a whole row of them. How big is this?

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, JOAN! the paper was 8 x 22 so it was plenty of room for all 6 of these dogs to fit in comfortably.! Hopefully it will be just one next time..lol Enjoy your weekend...

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  27. It is a beautiful and touching picture Hilda! You've done a tremendous job with this one. The dogs look like they're expecting something. A smile from us maybe!...Happy weekend Hilda!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked this portrait, HELEN..it was wonderful painting this and thank goodness the client loved it as well.... I hope you're enjoying the weekend!!!

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  28. Ohm mom know I left message on this beautiful piece. So brave Hilda to do so many in one picture, each with own personality. Super work

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    1. thank you so much NELVIA for stopping by to comment on these dogs...yes, it was challenging since I wanted to get the exact likeness of the dogs and since there was so many...I took my time with them. Enjoy the rest of the Evening...!

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  29. A truly outstanding piece, Hilda!

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    1. thank you DEAN..you're so nice!!! I appreciate your nice comment!!!

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  30. This is brilliant! Bet you loved painting this one, so well done, love it.

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    1. thank you SO much DIANA! I really did love painting this portrait. A little challenging but I was happy that the client liked it!!!

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  31. Me encanta Hilda, que familia tan maravillosa, son todos preciosos! me parece un cuadro muy original, enhorabuena!! besos!

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, MARI por tu comentario! Lo agradezco!! Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado esta familia!
      un abrazo !!

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  32. Smile and so much more! Love this one Hilda! Your talent still amazes me! Your work ethic is off the charts! I so love your portraits! I am currently working on a couple of dog portraits and you are my inspiration! Wish me luck! Great work again! Bravo Hilda!
    Your Hilda Portrait Loving Art Buddy!
    Michael

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    1. Thank you so much MICHAEL for your very generous comment. I'm so glad you like these dogs...I enjoyed painting them and now I look forward to seeing your dog portraits. You always make a person feel so good!!

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  33. So charming Hilda! and they exude the playfulness of every pup at this age. Super work (and fun)!

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    1. thank you MARY!!! You just made my day...
      Glad you stopped by to comment!!

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  34. This is so sweet - such precious dogs - and it is a wonderful painting, Hilda. You've made each dog interesting and captured his/her own personality. A beautiful painting!

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    1. thank you so much CONNIE for stopping by to comment on the dogs. My client told me that each one of these dogs have a different personality...!! So glad you liked this portrait!

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  35. I LOVE your cat and dogs...Wonderful

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    1. Thank you PAGE!!!! I'm so glad you stopped by to comment! I appreciate your kind words.!!!

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  37. Ciao Hilda,
    sweet sweet, sweet for six, like the number of the little dogs! Is wonderful the subject and also the paint!
    I like dogs very much...I had one, Vega was the name, she lived for 13 years and in 2007 is ded!
    The emotions is always very high when I see every dog!
    Your paint is beatiful also because there is life a lot!
    I hope you can understand my bad english.
    Ciao, abbracci, Floriana
    p.s. thank you very much for your kind comments!!!

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  38. Thank you so much FLORIANA for such a nice comment! Losing a pet is very sad! I just got another dog after many years without one...I'm so glad because they're so special and they have so much love to give! Your English is wonderful, my friend!!!

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  39. This painting is pure joy to look at. What a gift to give to all of us.... jOY!
    With everything going on in the world it is so important for me to find and concentrate on the beautiful things in life and this makes me feel happy.
    Thanks so much, dear Hilda.

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  40. What a nice comment JULIE! Actually, they were all such a joy to paint....each one with their own personality that I found in painting them. I'm so glad you stopped by !!

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  41. Thanks for the smiles in seeing these fuzzy faces, Hilda!

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  42. So glad you stopped by DIANA!! I appreciate it!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!!!

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  43. They do make me smile. Such a wonderful row of happy faces!

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  44. thank you SO much SHIRLEY....I'm so glad you stopped by to comment! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  45. OH MY!!! I LOVE THIS!!!! so amazing!!! beautifully done!!

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  46. Thank you so much SUZANNE for your very kind words!
    I'm so glad you like it !!

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  47. Outstanding pet portrait. I love the line up composition. This should lead to lots of commissions.

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  48. Thank you SO much LINDA for such a nice comment. I never thought I would have enjoyed painting animals but I really do...this one was a bit tough since it was so many dogs...but I learned with each one....Glad you liked it!!! Enjoy the rest of this Evening...

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  49. Yes! What a happy painting! You must have had a great time painting this one.

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    1. thank you so much CATHY...I really did have a great time painting these dogs...glad you stopped by!!!

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  50. Oh my gosh, they are all so adorable! What a great painting, Hilda!

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  51. I'm SO glad you like this painting, THERESA! I truly value your comment...enjoy the rest of the day!!!

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  52. Love this , Hilda! So adorable and such a wonderful job with each sweet puppy!

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  53. thank you so much CAROL! I really enjoyed painting each of these wonderful dogs...I'm glad you stopped by to comment!!

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  54. Oh my goodness, I totally see why you just had to paint this one. Soooooo cute! And sooooo well done!!!!

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  55. I'm so glad you stopped by to comment, MINNEMIE!!
    I really enjoyed painting these dogs...not one complaint from them...lol....have a wonderful evening!!

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  56. Love the format and the composition! You have captured a unique personality in each dog! That's amazing! Wonderful portrait!

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  57. thank you so much ROSEMARY! I really enjoyed painting these dogs... it got easier after painting the first dog...lol I would love to paint another dog soon.
    It's fun creating the fur!

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  58. Hello again!:) What darling dogs!:)The recipient of this picture must have been overjoyed to receive your painting. What a lovely happy picture to see every day. I'm sure you must have had great fun painting it.

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    1. Thank you so much DEBBIE! They were thrilled with this portrait which of course made me so happy! Glad you liked it!

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  59. Que preciosidad de cuadros. No te has limitado a un sólo perro, sino que te has atrevido con toda la familia.
    Muy bien captada la mirada, y el pelaje y por supuesto preciosa composición.
    Besos

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    1. Gracias AURORA...estoy muy contenta que ha gustado este retrato de los perritos...era un placer para pintarlo.
      Un abrazo!

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  60. Your paintings are beautiful - I love the composition and how you have captured the softness of the puppies in this one especially! All your portraits convey their personality! Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog - gave me a chance to follow your creativity:)

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  61. I appreciate you stopping by to comment MEERA.!
    Have a wonderful day!

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