I'd like to introduce to you a very talented artist that I "met" in BlogLand !
You'll be amazed and impressed by the beautiful "Metamorphosis" she is able to perform
using her paintbrush and her God given talents.
Her name is Lara Harris. She is an artist from Northville, Michigan. She has been an artist all her life.
She has taken a few art classes over the years, but she is primarily a self-taught artist.
Her work is currently in private collections throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Although she has had no formal training in art, she believes much of her ability has been a true gift from God.
While blog hopping one day in the summer, I came across her blog and was so impressed with her ability to transform a photograph of a dog, to a work of art!
I have always wanted to have my little Duchess honored in such a way and the fact that my birthday was coming up and Hubby was begging me for clues as to what I would want, I had the perfect answer to his question.
I emailed Lara my request along with two photos of Duchess and commisioned an 8x10 painting, blending some features of each .
Here is a close up of her little face......
and here is one that I loved and initially wanted this chair to be in the portrait. Lara, had pointed out that she would do that, but thought that the chair pattern would overpower my little "furbaby" and since I wanted her to be focus, we found an antique victorian chair that we substituted and highlighted the royal dog that she is!
Here is how Lara's "magic" starts:
.....the initial rough sketch
She is so detail oriented and meticulous... She sent me pictures of the process asking me if I had any questions or suggestions.
Here is the third photo she sent and she really had so much detail, I thought it was finished!
But no.... THIS is the finished product! Amazing!
Duchess looked so real, I wanted to reach out and pet her!
The minute I received it, I rushed to find the frame I had picked out for her portrait and popped it in!
Now, that's a great transformation! I love it and know that it will always be a treasured family heirloom. Thanks, Lara............one of the best gifts I ever got and she donated 10% to the United Yorkie Rescue. Truly a Win-Win !
If you are looking for a perfect gift for your family or friends that have a "furbaby" or has lost one, I guarantee that there is no better gift to them than a portrait, honoring such a special member of the family. You won't be disappointed, I promise................. AND tell her that "Santa" sent you!!!
Contact Lara Harris by email :
or/and visit her websites:
currently available on etsy at:
Painting a Pup a Day
Vintage Dog Designs
Check out some of her beautiful work:
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