Dog Angels, Paintings for Pet Loss

Hello!  I just wanted to share with you a new idea I have been trying for friends that have lost their pets.  I have taken a picture of their pet as a reference and painted them with wings and paired them with angels.  I do this so that it is a reminder to the owner that their pet is in a better place.

When I lost my dog, Max, I went searching for that perfect gift out in the stores to bring back home with me something that would comfort me or know that Max was in heaven, but I never really found anything.  There were a lot of rainbow bridges plaques and doggie ornaments with wings and halo, but it wasn’t my Max. I settled for a miniature pinscher ornament and shelf sitter, but still felt untouched.  I would have loved a painting  of my own Dog with an angel in the heavens!

And so, when my friends lost their dogs, I painted their images and made it look like they were welcomed to their “new home” in heaven and they would be safe and waiting for them when it was time.  Just seeing their faces when I gave them the paintings was enough. It was the best feeling.  I hope you like these two paintings, one is in watercolors and the other in pastels.  Both are inspiring.  If you are interested in having one done for you or someone you know, please e-mail me at mcprop@cox.net, and we can discuss it further.  Thanks and have a good day!

angel with Max, a golden Lab in Pastels

angel with Max, a golden Lab in Pastels

angel with Lucky, a springer spaniel in watercolors

angel with Lucky, a springer spaniel in watercolors

Finished Pastel Painting of My Dog Max

Yes, I finally finished Max’s picture, and when I was done…I felt a little sad.  It felt like I could actually touch him…and his eyes are just how I remember them…like looking into your soul.

So here he is, and hope you like him.  If you would like me to do a pastel portrait of “your” pet or someone you know,  please e-mail me and I can give you all the info on price and  to what I would need  as a picture to use as a reference.  They make great gifts for people for Christmas, especially if you don’t know what to get for someone, and the portraits last a lifetime! My e-mail is mcprop@cox.net if you have any questions. You may also go to my portfolio site at http://www.cherylmcnulty.com, where I have samples of portraits I have done with the originals to compare.  Any design you see on this site can be made into a card, print, canvas print or whatever. I just take a design and send it through Zazzle, and make anything…so just ask and I will see what I can do.

I am also just starting to do watercolor pictures of angels with cats/dogs/pets,  for those who have passed away.   They can be comforting to the owners, I think.  I can take the picture of the pet with added wings and paint it to look just like the pet with an angel.  I will put up a picture of one asap.  Thank you and hope you like my Max!  He’s on my wall right now! :)DSC08581

Another Trip To Lancaster Pa

Well, we just came back from a trip to Lancaster for about 6 days, and it was awesome and well needed. I intended to get some great photos so I could add to my pastel collection and do some great paintings. I tried dearly to get as many horses faces and cows, as I really want to try these the most. And do you know what we saw out in a pasture this year in the many back roads and farmlands???? Camels!!! Yes, camels…I had to look twice. I looked it up when I came home and I read that some Amish are now trying using camels milk in products. Wow!

Anyway, we had a great time and even got together with the Amish family we keep in touch with. We had dinner at Yoders in New Holland and the food was the best. It wasn’t overly crowded or over-whelming like Shady Maple down the street. We had great conversation and it is always interesting to see how alike we are in many ways as much as we are different.

Well, here are a few pictures from the trip…and I guarantee I will putting up more Amish-themed pastel paintings very soon, among others, and I may be offering prints for sale as well…so please standby, OK? Enjoy!

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Pastel Portrait of Mary McManus

Painted this pastel portrait of Mary McManus (98 years young) for her long-time friend and care-giver Patsy Henry. They are both very close friends of the McNulty family.( Historical tidbit-Mary had worked in her younger days at the Rumford Baking Powder Plant here in RI and still lives in the home with Patsy in the same house she was born in near the local fire station).

You can tell how much Patsy loves Mary in just the way she talks about her and how she interacts with her. Patsy does so much to make Mary comfortable and happy, and to watch them together is just so inspiring. When I gave this to Patsy and had her open it up…it was the best feeling ever. She just put her hands to her chest and her eyes welled up and she gave me a hug. That’s all I needed. Then she brought over the picture to Mary, who was sitting by the window watching the traffic go by. She asked her who the painting was of. You could see her looking closely up and down and then she smiled and said “Me?” Patsy said, “Yes, it is”, and Mary said , “That’s beautiful”, and kept looking at it smiling. Too cute!

My daughter, Kelsey was with me and we stayed and talked awhile and that’s when I noticed a firetruck go by. The firemen were staring at the house as they went by. They look for Mary because if they see her outside sitting on the deck, they honk their horns at her and she’ll wave. It was a wonderful visit and I even had roses to take home with me. Perfect.DSC08216

Pastel Painting of my Grand Niece as an Angel

Here I looked at a picture I took of my grand niece and saw an angel picture in the making. This is what I envisioned when I saw her arms crossed. It’s funny how it all comes together, isn’t it! Sometimes I surprise myself!