Betty is a current Ragdoll owner and recently I posted about her kitty, Buddy and potentially being overweight according to the vet. During our e-mail exchange, I learned that Betty is a professional artist, so wanted to share her work.
LABOR OF LOVE
When I sit down to draw or paint a picture of a pet, I feel a bond somehow with the animal. From those first tentative strokes of the pencils to begin the framework of the subject, the expression of the eyes and the creation of a
facsimile of the fur, I’m spending time with the animal. He or she is mine for a time and I don’t even have to feed or walk him!
Buddy is our wonderful eight-year old Ragdoll. We were very lucky to find him shortly after losing our beloved Ragdoll, Buff, to renal failure. Buddy’s human mommy passed away suddenly, and he was placed in a local shelter. A friend found him for us, and the rest is history! He has a very comfortable life here with my husband and me. Our lives are certainly enhanced by his presence. Buddy is a sweet, loving fellow with much to say about what he expects from his humans ~ mostly having to do with his dietary expectations!
Buddy’s my little shadow throughout the day. He follows me and wants to be a part of the action. When I work in my studio, he sleeps in a chair just on the other side of the door. He’s part of the action, but not lying on the canvas. It makes me smile to take a break, look over my shoulder and see his sweet self peacefully resting.
Buddy is, of course, my favorite subject. I’m happy to share these images with you.
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In memory of Buff (2000 – 2008)