When Audrey emailed me about painting their Wheaten, Ricki, I was ecstatic. Why? Because David Bowie was their inspiration. Ricki was described to me as an excited girl, full of nervous energry...always bouncing around with her huge personality. They described her as a David Bowie fan girl, recovering from years on the groupie bandwagon. A little crazy, a little shell shocked, a lot of fun. With this in mind, Ricki Stardust was born.
Pets play a huge role in our lives from the minute they prance through our front doors. They become our daily companions--there to greet you in the morning and cuddle next to you on the couch at night. They're there through it all...new jobs, breakups, engagements, cross country moves. A large part of what I do involves creating painting in remembrance of these incredible members of our families, who still leave stirring impressions even after they've gone.
This past Christmas I had the privilege of creating one such painting in honor of a sassy Shiba named Maisy. Her parents initial email made me smile and tear up. We came to the conclusion that her outgoing and cheeky personality was calling for some 1920's flare. I couldn't wait to get started. The result? I'll let Maisy's parents say it here:
"We love the painting so much. I find myself smiling at it every time I walk by her, and Dave too. The other night we were on our way out to dinner & he was smiling, so I asked why and he said oh I was just looking at Maisy. ... This is my only gift for Christmas and it might just be the best gift I've ever received… can't thank you enough. "
It's been busy over here at Pennys & Stamps with an exciting collaboration in the works! I've recently completed a new portrait of the beautiful and coy Chelsea the Dachshund, a week before her wedding to Hudson.
That's right. Wedding. A dog wedding.
Danielle from Danfredo Photography and Sara from Confetti and Co. built an amazing team of vendors to style the event, and Pennys & Stamps provided watercolours of the happy couple and their guests. I'm so excited to share images of the event, which will be unveiled next week. Until then, I wanted to share the portrait I created of the beautiful Chelsea and let you know to follow the hashtag #hudsonloveschelsea to get a sneak peek of the epic event.
Exciting new products have been added to the Pennys & Stamps shop...watercolour prints! Each print is created on a 8.5x11 sheet of Hahnemuhle photo rag and was painted to showcase the traits we love most about our favorite dog breeds. Framing is optional and, if selected, you will be surprised with a hand picked, locally sourced frame. Head over to the store to take a look at what breeds are currently available and keep checking back as new paintings will be continuously added.