Monday, August 13, 2007
Buster, the ever-faithful CowDog!!
Here is a portrait I am very proud of, and is also a personal work because the subject is part of my family! This is Buster, my dad and step-mom's doggie! He is a GREAT dog. I LOVE this dog! He's very soulful. Okay, okay, I know ALL dogs are, but at the risk of sounding fruity, I will share with you that Buster and I have had non-verbal communication. ;)
I did the Buster portrait for my dad's 70th birthday present! My step-mom Cha Cha planned a big surprise party for him this past weekend and invited all three of my sisters and myself and all of our husbands. It was such a fun weekend! Thanks, Cha Cha and Dad!! (I think they really liked the portrait, too!)
The background on the portrait's theme: My dad grew up in Washington state, and was very passionate about horses and cowboy culture - he even had horses of his own. He loved to ride horses and spend time with them, and draw them too, of course! As an adult, he enjoyed a very illustrious career as an illustrator and graphic designer in Los Angeles, but eventually him and Cha Cha longed for a different lifestyle, and they moved to Utah. These days, my dad and Cha Cha still do some design work but they also have a wonderful life with horses and cows too, on their own ranch. My dad now is a western painter and he sells them through galleries. He also likes to engage in the sport of "cutting". My step-mom Cha Cha is a wonderful graphic designer and still does graphic design now. She has also designed and produced large quilts. (She also does a lot of yoga!!) They call themselves 'retired' but they are pretty busy for retired folks. ;) (I hope to be as busy and active when I'm 'retired'! :) )