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Evelyn McCorristin Peters: Evolution of a Boxer Portrait Commission & Bixby!

Evelyn McCorristin Peters

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Evolution of a Boxer Portrait Commission & Bixby!

Hello to everyone, hope all is well! Today I delivered my Boxer portrait commission to Lisa Tannenbaum. It's always a wonderful thing to share your work with others, but it is even more special when it's a personal subject for the recipient. It's been a long process, we are both really busy people, so I thought I would pass on the event!

The commission began after I placed a post on my blog stating that 25% of proceeds from any animal portrait commission would go directly to Florida Boxer Rescue. As anyone who has visited this blog can attest it is an amazing organization that I truly admire and am thankful for...I've adopted two so far, Tilly and now Abby!

Lisa soon contacted me and we started exchanging information about what she wanted. She sent me two pictures of her beautiful boy and girl who had already passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. I could tell by the way she spoke of them that they had been very special to her family. I hoped I could do them justice!

I chose this photograph to work from, it was a terrific composition already!
I developed a sketch for her to approve to make sure we were thinking along the same lines. The sketch was for general placement and atmosphere of the picture. I let her know that one head got kind of smooshed, I ran out of paper, and I would develop the background once I began the painting.This is the sketch I submitted to Lisa.

After getting her approval the painting began! I almost always work on a brick red ground. This is very helpful, particularly for an animal portrait. It enriches the color I add to the canvas. I began with the boy on the left, and basically put him in during one sitting. Adjustments were made to him later. He's a Brindle, so I added some of his stripes in.

Next I worked on the beautiful girl on the right. Here are some photos of how her face progressed. She's so wonderful, I really took my time to get her right!                                

After completing the dogs I moved onto the background. I liked that they were sitting on the couch, but I wanted to add something along the bottom so I created a blue blanket to match the denim colored pillows. First try I painted the background yellow.

But after looking at it for a while I realized the red background had really worked better. It just brought out the wonderful color in the coats of the boxers. After submitting it to Lisa, and making a few changes, I reverted the background to the brick red. Here is the final result I delivered this morning!

Lisa now has a wonderful portrait to remember her cherished dogs by!

I will be donating the 25% to Bixby, a two year old Fawn male who came to the rescue from Animal control.

As you can see Bixby is in pretty bad shape, but he has definetly come to the right place! He is with a wonderful, crazy foster Dad (he actually has five boxers living with him) named Bill.
Bixby just had his hip operated on at Quail Hollow Animal Hospital. It appears that it had been damaged through abuse in the past.

If you're interested in helping Bixby, here's where you can donate: Bixby Hip Surgery just click on the link and make sure you post that you want it to help Bixby. Any amount at all is a huge help. I will be sending $45 his way from this portrait commission!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to visit, hope you enjoyed the progress!




Anonymous Courtney said...

You are an inspiration Evelyn, it sounds like Bixby is going to rebound thanks to people like you and Bill. My best friend told me today that in lieu of wedding party favors, she and her fiance are donating to ASPCA. It's so nice to hear two stories in one day about people doing what they can to protect animals. Thank you!

April 18, 2010 at 2:48 AM  
Blogger Evelyn McCorristin Peters said...

Thanks Courtney for taking a look at my post, and leaving a comment, I really do appreciate it. What a wonderful idea your friends have with donating to the ASPCA in lieu of wedding favors...there are so many wonderful people trying to help animals!

April 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

You are wonderful Evelyn. Always a supporter no matter what is going on. Thank you so much for your donation. Bixby had a good weekend and is doing great. Your donation will go a long way in paying for his surgery. When you are up this way you need to stop by and meet him.

Bill Gray (BTW we are now up to six boxers. Don't tell anyone. We must be violating at least 1 county ordinance.) :)

April 18, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Evelyn McCorristin Peters said...

Oh my Bill, you are up to six even after bringing the recent guy to his new home? You guys are nuts! I would love to meet Bixby, he looks like such a kind soul. I know he'll get the best of care and soon be on his way to being a wonderful, nutty boxer!

April 18, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Your boxer portrait paintings are definitely your best work(s)! Absolutely love all of them! Looking forward to see more! Makes me want to get a dog! :)

April 18, 2010 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger brigittemarie said...

LOVE the boxer portraits! I have been thinking of getting a dog for some time, actually and boxers have always been at the top of my list :) Your paintings are so full of light!!!

April 19, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Evelyn McCorristin Peters said...

Thanks for coming by to see my post Doug and Brigitte! Leaving a comment is always so appreciated! Boxers are wonderful dogs Brigitte, but would need to be comfortable with a "velcro" dog. They love being with you and attention...they're kinda high maintenance! But the love they give and their goofiness makes it worth while!
I'll be starting another Boxer commission this week, I'll keep you updated!
Thanks again!

April 19, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Wendy Wright said...

What a wonderful post Evelyn! :) Thanks for sharing your process with us. It is always fun to see how other artists work. I love the final painting. Really beautiful. All my love and best wishes to Bixby and other animals out there that are suffering.

April 19, 2010 at 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Evelyn McCorristin Peters said...

Thanks for stopping by Wendy. I enjoyed sharing my process. I want to do this more often but I always forget to stop and take a picture, get to caught up in the painting! I find that taking a picture is helpful, it gives me a new perspective and I see things to change that I hadn't noticed before.
Bixby is with a wonderful foster family and I know he's being taken excellent care of. I'll keep you posted.
Thanks so much for leaving a comment, it's much appreciated!

April 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
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May 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Evelyn McCorristin Peters said...


Obrigado por ler meu blog, que bom que gostou do post!

May 4, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

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