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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Nell - Painting of a Dearly Loved Border Collie

NellinProgress.JPG I couldn't help but be affected by Nell's disappearance from her ranch in Oklahoma.  Ree (aka The Pioneer Woman) has been very vocal and honest about her feelings of loss.  So much so, that I know that there are thousands around the world, including me,  (and I'm just around the corner in North Carolina), who are praying that somehow Nell will come back home - safely.   It's been a little over a week since Nell's disappearance and even I am wondering what could have happened that she disappeared without a trace.  So to ease my own personal pain (which is obviously nothing compared to what Ree and her family are experiencing) and to hopefully give them back something special to remember Nell by, I have worked all weekend on a painting of Nell for Ree and her family.  It isn't quite done yet.  I still have some tweeks to do before I am happy with it.  But I hope they will like it and enjoy it. 

Nell.jpg I am a real mush, you know that?  I've been sitting in my studio all weekend working on this painting and listening to my favorite country music on my iPod and stereo and have caught myself tearing up.  I'm losing it people.  I am much too sensitive.  Oh well, I suppose that is better than being cold as ice.  Somebody ought to write a country song about Nell.  She is such a beautiful dog.

Above is the painting of Nell - in progress.  I still have to finish working on her teeth and mouth and tongue, and then make a few small value adjustments.  By the way, do you think I should add a soccer ball in the background?  Nell loved her soccer ball so much that I was toying with the idea of adding it to the painting in the back of the field.  What are your thoughts?  Do you think I captured her?  Should I add a soccer ball or would that be too much?   Maybe just a smaller one in the background?  I hope I captured her personality.  I can't decide whether to ship it to her framed or unframed.  Your thoughts?  The original photograph that I was working with is on the right.

"Nell - Painting of a Dearly Loved Border Collie" 14x18 Oil on Canvas, 2008


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