Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jewel - BIS BISS Ch Rendition Treasured Moment

Jewel, my heart and soul dog, turned ten years old today.

I remember her coming home a tiny puppy just like it happened yesterday. Where are the years going?

Jewel is my constant companion, my Velcro dog. She watches my every move - sometimes so she can stay close to me and sometimes so she can know when is the perfect time to sneak into the pantry and steal treats. She is such an Irish Setter - loaded with that "rollicking personality"!

Happy Birthday Jewel - you are simply my wonder dog. To see a crazy amount of photos of Jewel please go to my website - the main gallery page and scroll down to the bottom and click on the button that says "Dog Show Photos"!

Drew (Irish Setter) gets his first point.

Drew turned 11 months old exactly on the day he was awarded his first champion point. "Drew" Willowbrook Artist's Rendition, is our fun little boy. He also was awarded best Irish Setter puppy and went on to win a Group 4 in the puppy sporting group (his second puppy group placement).

He weighs 70 pounds and is constantly trying to get in our laps. My father in law was visiting this past weekend from Santa Barbara and had taken a seat on our living room sofa. Drew went up to him and slowly climbed in his lap. My mother in law was laughing and we could barely see my father in law who was hidden from view by Drew's body.

We have great hopes for Drew in the show ring. More importantly - he is a member of our family and is an absolute dream to live with.

I have some plans to use Drew in future paintings. To see more pictures of Drew please visit my website and scroll down to the bottom of the main gallery page and click on "Dog Show Photos".

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

English Setter and Irish Setter Portrait

This pastel painting is of two lovely girls, Devon, an English Setter and Amber, an Irish Setter.

Their parents had commissioned me to paint the girls some time ago. We kept trying to get together to take photos and it is amazing how difficult such a small task can become!

We decided to get together at our local club's doggie fun day. The girls were photographed separately in several different locations in the park. We all had so much fun. Devon was a little princess and each photograph was a pose in and of it's self. Amber, on the other hand, was the queen and much to busy to be photographed. At discrete moments she would honor us with a gaze and if I was quick enough I could take the shot. Thank goodness for digital cameras on a speed setting!

There were several great photos of each dog that would work for the painting and the final choice of reference poses and the background of the painting was left to my artistic creativity. I picked poses that were complimentary to each dog and then complimentary collectively. One photo of the girls standing together gave me the reference point on how tall to make each dog when placing the dogs in the painting.

Thank you Devon and Amber for being so cooperative and thank you to Cathy and Dave for asking me to paint your girls!

To see more of my work please go to my website at http://www.dawnsecord.com/. Have a great day! Dawn Secord, Artist.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Drew Secord - Ten Months Old

Many of you know my husband and I show our Irish Setters. This is strictly a for fun exercise. Our dogs think of the show ring as a fun trip to the park. They get to play with other dogs (safely) - they get treats - they get to meet other people and most importantly - they get out of the yard and have a fun day.

I've shown Drew infrequently for a few months now and I was so proud of him - he held his stacks, gaited properly and really tried to keep "four on the floor!" He has turned into a pick pocket though and is sniffing all passersby pockets!

To see more pictures of our dogs please go to our website and look for the button that says Dog Show Photos. Have a great day!! Dawn Secord, Artist.

Bodhi - Irish Setter

This is the second painting I've done of Bodhi, an Irish Setter. The first painting I did of him was several years ago and he was jumping through an agility ring.

This painting was a head portrait. I photographed Bodhi during the Irish Setter National Specialty in Arizona. His owner thought it would be fun to put the red rocks of Arizona behind him.

Bodhi is a very special dog and it has been an honor to get to know him, his owner and paint him in two different settings.

To view more of my work please go to my website at http://www.dawnsecord.com/. Have a great day!

Misty - Labrador Retriever

This is Misty, a Labrador Retriever mix. I met Misty's parents several years ago at a show. The following year they came to talk to me about painting Misty. It was so exciting to hear they had waited a year to find me at the next show and wanted to proceed with the painting.

We scheduled a time for them to bring Misty to my home for photographing. Misty was such a good girl. We took so many wonderful pictures of her it was difficult to choose which was the best candidate for the primary reference photo.

Misty's owners didn't want to proof the painting over the internet - but chose to do so in person. They were very happy with the painting. The kindest and most heartwarming compliment they gave me was to ask me to paint another one of their pets.

To see more of my dog art, cat art or horse art please visit my website at http://www.dawnsecord.com/. Thank you for taking the time to view my work!