Monday, January 28, 2013

Progress of a masterpiece

Thanks to everyone for all the well-wishes on my 500th post yesterday! Lots of you asked about my pawtrait that Momma painted for me, so I thought I'd show you the development of it.

Momma went to one of those painting parties, where they teach you how to paint a painting during an afternoon. (There's usually wine involved.) Momma went to a place called Let's Art in Plano, not far from us. She painted Cinderella there about a year ago at an LBR pawty. Yesterday they were having a special "Paint Your Pooch" pawty, so she decided it was time for my masterpiece!

You start by sending them in a picture, and they turn it into a sketch on a canvas. That's me!

Then they guide you through things like mixing colors of paint and show you the order to do your painting. First the background color.

Then you sketch out the outline.

After that, it's time to start the eyes and nose. Momma had a hard time with my eyes, 'cause they're a gorgeous caramel color that she couldn't quite match.

Then you start with the main color. She thought I came out too light at first.

But then once she added my mask and the shading, and it was a lot better! The black around my eyes was really tough.

Then she needed to paint that ledge under my paws. In the original picture, my paws were lying on a bolster bed. In this one, it looks like I'm guarding a stick. Hi, Goose!

Here's the original picture and the final painting. Pretty good, huh?

 Momma was very proud of her masterpiece, and I was proud of her for being such an artist.

She brought it home to show me. It was like seeing double!

Momma had just the right place for it! She hung it right at the wall by her home office, where she'll see it all the time. I think Cinderella and my pawtraits look just wonderful there! 


  1. It is just beautiful.

  2. WOAH! Your mom is super talented!


  3. Your mom is AMAZING! Seriously, we are just absolutely in love. But with a beautiful face like yours, how could any painting be bad!!

    Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

  4. OMD THIS is just superb!! What TALENT your mom has! She did Super on BOTH. WE loved watching the painting come to LIFE, as the steps were completed. Your mom looks like she is quite pleased with herself... and WELL she SHOULD be!!

  5. Casey thank you a ton for sharing this amazing transformation with us.
    OMDs yours and Cinderella's pictures are absolutely breathtaking especially hanging together.
    hugs madi your BFFF

  6. Wow, your Mom did a great job. That's a wonderful portrait. Our Mom does ours in stitches. She's just about to start one of Sebastian tonight.
    Morgan, Sebastian, the Porties, Syd and Mac

  7. Holy macaroni! Awesome job
    Have a fun day
    Benny & Lily

  8. Wow your mom is like Picasso!! Those paintings are just beautyfullll......
    stella rose

  9. That is a very cool and fun concept.Good job! And a lovely keepsake too :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

  10. Your portraits look beautiful! Your mom did a fantastic job on them! That sounds like a fun way to spend an afternoon, too!


  11. That's a super cool pawtrait your mom's a pawesome artist

  12. That is SO COOL! I went back and looked at the post where she did Cinderella's gorgeous portrait ... sigh... so beautiful! Err.... I mean your mom did a beautiful job!!!
    Play bows,