Friday, September 19, 2008

The Portraits

Last year about this time I discovered an artist who lives down in bayou country, actually in Youngsville, Louisiana, which is dead center of the State near the coastline. Her name is Mary Sewell Hillier. Her style is very colorful and quite unique, as you can see. So, I thought I'd start by having her do Remi's portrait. I sent a photo and told her a few things about my first girl. Here is the final painting. Pretty cool, huh? I think the size is about 18" x 24" or something like that.

About a month or so ago, I contacted Mary again to ask her about doing Sugar's portrait. As before, I provided her with a picture and gave her a good description of Sugar's personality. She emailed at some point and said she had to "batten down the hatches" in preparation of Hurricane Gustav, so she was delayed in starting Sugar's portrait. For Pete's sake, I told her to get the heck out of dodge and we'd worry about the portrait later. It was very considerate of her to let me know though. I just chuckled, having "been there, done that" on so many occasions I knew in the flurry of hurricane preparations and evacuations, oddly enough, you do try to "tie up loose ends". Once things simmered down a bit and things were back to normal, she commenced to working on the portrait again. Here is Sugar's final painting. I just love it!

Next, I have to get Lucy's done. Knowing her nickname is Lucy(fer), I can't imagine how she'll paint her but I think it'll be interesting to see the final results.

I'll be getting these framed and will mount on one wall in my dining room. I'm quite proud, as you can imagine!




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6 comments:

Maria Peters said...

WOW! Those are so cool!!!!

Addie said...

Patti, the portraits are so awesome! I'd love to have some done of my boys. :-)

Mary said...

It's great to see my work on your blog, Patti! Your dawgs are wonderful - how do they like their portraits?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

How cool and original!

Jen

Gerry said...

What fun! So neat to see a different take on greyhound portraits. Thanks for sharing her work.

Patti said...

Yep, I love the paintings. Anyone interested can see more of Mary's work at http://maryhillier.com/. You can also contact her from that site. And, yes, Mary, the girls are enjoying their paintings although Lucy is a bit jealous at the moment. All in good time, I tell her!