This year I started teaching Paint Your Pet Portrait classes once a month. As a result, I’ve been booked for many private parties and additional classes. Pets weren’t really something I started out to paint much of. I have been painting cows and farm animals for awhile. You can see those at here.
Something has happened while teaching these pet painting classes though. They make me happy. They make me happy because I see how happy they make my students. They paint their fur babies, and walk away with pictures they love and will hang.
Tonight as I taught a private party, the birthday girl got a little quiet and melancholy after her picture was done. I thought the piece looked great and wanted to check in with her. The pet she had chosen to paint was of a beloved pet that had recently passed. The painting made her very happy but also reflective. It touched a place in her heart.
That meant a great deal to me. This is why I love teaching this class and doing pet portraits. I have 2 dogs and a cat. They are a huge part of my life and I understand the attachment my students have to their pets. I’m honored to be able to bring this to them.