Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Portrait and a Tattoo (maybe)

Champ-acrylic-8 x 10

Not very long ago I learned that my niece had lost her first dog, Champ, to cancer. Her heart was broken as was mine for her knowing the pain that losing a pet can bring. She asked me if I could do a portrait of him, but with a special request. Could I design something that might also be used as a tattoo? 
I have had a few different requests for portraits over the years, but I've never designed a tattoo. Oh well, there's a first time for everything, I guess! So as with many of my paintings I did a little research on tattoo art and was amazed at what can be done. Many of the pet tattoos included flowers and she requested this as well. Since she is a woman after my own heart and enjoys hiking through nature with her dogs I decided to do the flowers as a crescent of wildflowers that she would most likely find on her walks. This creates something that is a special memory for her and if she does decide to have a tattoo made from the design it will also be unique to her. 

Whether it be a man in heaven surrounded by his cats or a pet portrait tattoo, I never know what this art path I have chosen will lead me to, but one thing is for certain. It's never boring!

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