Painting - Acrylic And Oil Pastel On Canvas
Last year I painted a "Pooch Portrait" of my Aunt Brenda's dog, "Buddy Ruff." When it arrived it had been slashed accidentally with an X-Acto knife by the shipping company! Thank goodness I had purchased insurance. Long story short, the painting could not be repaired. I decided I would do another portrait of Buddy for Aunt Brenda for Christmas 2011.
But, Aunt Brenda decided at the last minute to take an exciting vacation around Christmas with some friends of hers from church. So, I didn't rush with her new portrait. She went to Spain and had a glorious 8 day vacation. Then, as fate would have it, she boarded a cruise ship for a fabulous cruise which included a stop in Sicily where I was born. Surely by now you've guessed it: the cruise ship she was on was the one that sank after hitting some rocks. She was in the next to the last life boat and did not even have a life jacket! I forgot to mention that she had just turned 72...and still looks and acts like a 40 year old! We are so blessed that she made it safely home.
Because of this, Buddy's painting has much more meaning for both of us. I can hardly wait to ship this new portrait...rest assured I will be using the good old United States Postal Service this time!
*GIFT TO BRENDA MILLER, SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA
February 16th, 2012
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