Friday, September 13, 2013

My second commissioned painting of Kelly.

My last post was about the commissioned painting I did for my co-worker of her rescued Collie, Kelly.
Sadly this last May, Kelly had to be rushed to the University when she suddenly could not walk.
It was all very unexpected.
Once there, it was discovered that she had a blood clot in her leg. 

My friend was constantly on the phone, conferring back and forth with the Veterinarian.

They were running various tests and Kelly's "Mom" was struggling with the decision on whether or not to approve the removal of the leg, if that was what would be needed to be done in order to save her life.

She was torn between all that Kelly had already been through and whether or not to do the surgery.
If she approved it, she wanted to do it for the right reason.
To make Kelly happy and healthy and not to make her suffer because she could not bear the thought of losing her.
She was agonizing over this decision as the hospital tried to stabilize Kelly and bring her to a point where she would be able to handle such an amputation.
During this frantic time, another blood clot to her heart, took her life.
Startling and heartbreaking news.

Everyone was devastated and the veterinarian was in tears when my friend's husband made the trip to go get Kelly and bring her home to her final resting place.
Kelly had touched the heart of all those who had tried to help her.
Thankfully she had a loving home in the final months of her life, a home where she was with other dogs to run on an acreage and to know true love.
My friend commissioned another painting of Kelly from me.
At first she wanted something exactly like the first painting, to give it as a "gift" to the veterinarian.
I told her that I wasn't sure if I could reproduce it and then after talking, we decided on a different pose but still the same Starfish story.
I wanted to do this one also as a Mixed Media and I asked if I could include a rainbow in the painting to represent the Rainbow Bridge.
My friend liked that idea.
For some reason, I had a difficult time with this painting, I just could not seem to get it "right".

Finally I finished it.
My friend was very happy with it and my other co-workers liked it a lot.
I'm glad.
Of course, being me. I'm very critical of it but if she's happy, I'm happy.


  1. When I look at my work, I go with my first impression of it. It comes unfiltered and honest before my brain gets a hold of it. When that happens, I can logically critique it till the cows come home! This is perfect, and the message comes across. I'm sure they were comforted by your work. The best feeling.

  2. Oh...I just saw this and it made me very sad. It is a beautiful painting though. I bet it was hard to do...it would have been for me. She was so pretty.

  3. very nice tribute to a sweet dog.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. oh cindi.
    i had seen this before. but...
    wordless here.

  5. I just talked, ok, actually it was a New Years text, from Kelly's mom.
    I was supposed to "sometime" do more art work for her...and since I didn't have a firm date,
    I never got it done. I told her I'd get on it ASAP!
    I'm awful.
    But this is the year that I'm putting Art first!