Saturday, October 10, 2015

Just the Right Size

Hi Guys!!

That's one of the pet portrait commissions of a Great Dane I did this week.

I recently found this poem and it really resonated with me. If you create out of joy that is the main point of creating something. That is why I try not to criticize other's work.....even if I don't personally like it you have to remember it meant a lot to them. And also the way you paint is unique to YOU and I don't think you should try to paint another way just because that way is popular or commercial. Do you know what I mean?

How to Paint a Donkey 

by Naomi Shihab Nye

She said the head was too large,
the hooves too small.
I could clean my paintbrush
but I couldn’t get rid of that voice.
While they watched,
I crumpled him,
let his blue body stain my hand,
I cried when he hit the can.
She smiled. I could try again.
Maybe this is what I unfold in the dark,
deciding for the rest of my life,
that donkey was just the right size.

UPDATE: BAM is excited about his new pawtraits!


  1. Love the picture. Great Danes are such majestic doggies.

  2. Beautiful art. And we agree about not criticizing other's work.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  3. What a wonderful painting! lol And I adore the poem. You are a talented artist! Wow!

  4. Ooh, I do love your dog! Such a beautiful painting.

  5. Thank you for bringing this poem to my attention. Than is so empowering!

    And love the painting. Your dog painting has that endearing look every dog gives its onlooker. The owner is going to be so pleased. Happy Sunday sketches.

  6. great poem and I love your colorful, soulful Great Dane!!

  7. Wow very well done. This is a wonderful piece of art.

  8. Beautiful commission they are sure to love it! And that is a nice poem with an important message.

  9. Oh how beautiful! Animals have such love in their eyes and you really captured that!

  10. I love your portrait of the Great Dane. I know they will be delighted when they see it. Your colors that you used and all so pretty to make it all work. Have a great new day. Visiting from Sunday sketches...

  11. I absolutely love all the fun colors you incorporated into your gorgeous dog. Blessings!

  12. A wonderful portrait and a wise post. Yes art and indeed taste is all subjective. If everyone painted the same life and art would be boring. We all experience the world differently so therefore we all interpret how we see it differently. That makes all art neither right nor wrong.

  13. He is beyond stunning and your words are so is the process an extension of soul...for no one to's from heart...unique... we can each improve with time... but that's for us to decide! Excellent of my favorites this week! Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart and soul! LOVE LOVE LOVE this dog!!

    Hugs Giggles