Our Faithful Furry Friend

This is Winji, our faithful furry friend.  If you follow any of my other social media platforms, you know that we said goodbye to her a few days ago after 16 years of unconditional love, snuggles, adventures, and silliness.  It’s difficult to get used to how quiet our house is now, and I miss how she kissed my ear when I returned home, how she kissed the back of our hands when we fed her, and mostly how she loved cuddling in the recliner.  How could a 12-pound pompaoo contain so much love?

Winji

Winji

My daughter and I plan to make a scrapbook with many photos and written memories of Winji’s antics.   In the meantime, I painted this picture for my daughter in an effort to capture Winji’s joy that spilled over into our hearts, which are now broken, but which I know will heal with time.  Some folks do not understand how pet owners grieve after the loss of a beloved companion, but I’m grateful for those who do and have expressed their condolences.

 

 

Winji in Watercolor

I’ve been busy this last week painting a watercolor of my dog, Winji.  She has been a part of our family for many years, and because I work from home she is my shadow all day long.  I really wanted to try to get her sweetness to show in this picture and hope I did her justice; she seemed to approve.  😉

Winji

Winji

Using only the three primaries in this painting I was very pleased with the colors I mixed, especially the blacks.  Daniel Smith watercolors are really spoiling me and I am glad I invested in a small set of primaries and a small set of Primatek colors.  I am trying to challenge myself to mix from the primaries whatever colors I need, but boy oh boy the Primatek colors are rich and luxurious.

Here is a question for my artist friends – do you usually paint backgrounds for your subjects or do you leave the backgrounds white?  I struggled a little with the carpet that the dog is sitting on but didn’t want to leave her floating around on a white page.  I seem to have a difficult time deciding what colors to use in a background or how intense to make it because I don’t want it to be distracting.  I would truly appreciate your thoughts on how to do backgrounds that are complimentary to the subject (and hopefully easy) and am eager to hear your suggestions!  Thanks for stopping by!