Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Mo," a recent pet portrait

©Becky Brocato
11" x 14"
Watercolor on 300 lb Arches CP

This pet portrait commission that I recently completed is of an amazing Chocolate Lab named Mo. He was such a special pet for his family for many years, so after he passed, his owners wanted a really special remembrance of him. The lady of the house was especially close to Mo because he was her constant and faithful companion when the kids were at school and her husband was at work, which included a lot of business travel. I was so happy when she received the portrait last night and she teared up. She said I had captured his image, his personality and the light in his eyes. Mission accomplished.

I used several photos as reference material for this painting. The out-of-doors background was not in the original photo, as it was taken inside their home. Also, the lighting was from a flash, which flattened out his features and changed the color of his eyes. So I really had a challenge making the shadows, highlights and his eye color look more natural. I really enjoyed painting this portrait, and I am very happy with the results!


Stacey said...

What a beautiful painting. Mo's family will cherish it.

Becky Brocato said...

Thank you, Stacey! And yes, they were so happy when they came to pick up the painting. And there were even tears. That's when I know how special it is to have a painting of a favorite pet.