Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Perfect Holiday Gift

Hi friends!

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 :

Loveall4him@aol.com

or/and visit her websites:

currently available on etsy at:
http://www.studiolara316.etsy.com/

Studio Lara

Painting a Pup a Day

Vintage Dog Designs

Check out some of her beautiful work:












Now, please check out more wonderful posts at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch !


39 comments:

silk purse said...

Wow!~ I love that you've shared the wonderful work of this artist with us; yes she truly has been gifted by God, with awesome talent as an artist!.., How precious your little pup is!

As an artist, who is also self taught, I can appreciate both her God given takents, as well as the discipline it takes to succeed as an artist!..,

At the moment, you'll only see my digital art creations and not my PAINTINGS ON MY BLOGS.., YET YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO POP BY, "WITH THE CLICK OF YOUR MOUSE", TO SEE MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE BLOGGING WORLD..,

CHEERS FROM SILKEN PURSE

P.S.~ I HOPE TO SHOW FOLKS MY PAINTINGS LATER, AS I USED TO SELL MY OWN ORIGINAL ART LINE, WHOLESALE THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA FOR 15 YEARS; HEALTH PERMITTING!-

I ADORE YOUR BLOG, BY THE WAY, AND HAVE THE LINK TO YOUR LOVELY BLOG ON MY FRENCH DRESSING ROOM SITE.., YOU ARE DEFINITELY AN ARTIST AS WELL, MY DEAR!~ I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE WHAT YOU'LL HAVE IN STORE FOR US, EACH TIME YOU BLOG!

Lara Harris said...

Wow! Thank you so much for such a beautiful post!I LOVE the frame you chose for your painting of Duchess!It fits with the composition just perfectly!:)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Rose, thanks for sharing the beautiful talent your friend has. she made Duchess even more beautiful than she already is.. just showed Mr. P her talent... I'm anxious to check out her sight... hugs ~lynne~

Justine said...

Oh wow, how incredible is that? The second to last picture was good, but the finished picture? The dog really does look real enough to pet! All the different strands of fur... wow!

Justine :o )

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Wow that is just spectacular! I love all of the other paintings she's done as well. I'm going to have to check out her website. Thanks for sharing this!
Hugs, Bridget

Sandy said...

Thank you so much for showing your beautiful painting. She is such a little cutie.
Sandy

susan said...

I have ALWAYS wanted a picture of like this. She is so very talented and I know you are proud to own this piece of her work. Duchess looks gorgeous! I can't wait to check out her site!

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

wow what a great artist, it turned out beautifully!

sarah

Its So Very Cheri said...

Yes she is a very talented gal and super sweet too.

Cheri

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

OMG, Lara is truly an amazing artist! Thank you for sharing her process. It's fascinating!

Duchess and her chair are sheer perfection & the frame is perfect!
Now I'm going to visit Lara's blogs while I think about the photos we have of our fur babies! ☺♥☺ Diane

Tracy Suzanne said...

I am always so amazed by what artist do. I loved the step by step of the portrait of your sweet baby. It really does show just how much each little paint stroke adds, how important highlighting and dept is. I so admire this artist God given talent.

I know you'll cherish this forever. Kudo's to Lara Harris, a very talented artist indeed.

Hugs...Tracy

Hugs...Tracy

P.S. I'm hosting a fall giveaway and I'd love you to stop by and enter.

Colleen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! She is certainly talented and I know you are so proud to display this beautiful painting.

Tardevil said...

Wow! It looks EXACTLY like the picture on your sidebar. I love it b/c she is smiling in it! What a nice birthday gift! And what a good hubby!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Absolutely wonderful artwork! Yes, it does look like you could reach out and pet Duchess.

I do have to say my two favorites of the ones you've shown are the ones of Duchess and the one of the little one on the suitcase!

Blessings & Aloha!

Kammy said...

I have visited Lara tons - love her style !
Kammy

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Wow! She's amazing! I wish I could do that. Thanks for stopping by today. I agree about the upholstry being easier. The woman asked me to try slipcovers for her. I tried it, and LOVE it. You should too. You'll be hooked.
Kelly

Marsha's Mpressions said...

She truly does amazing work and captured your little pup's personality too.

To your question on my blog about the ice ring, yes, I did set it in warm water for a few seconds to loosen and then carefully placed upside down in punch bowl.

Carrie said...

What a sweet dog and such an excellent portrait!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

This is just fabulous~ what a talented lady she is! Your doggie was just the cutest little thing, what a treasure to have! Hugs, Cindy

Cindy said...

I came across Laura's work on another blog...simply gorgeous. Your dog is adorable...I posted a day or so ago about my dog who is now keeping me company since the kids are all in school.
peace to you.

Picket said...

Oh my word girl the painting is gorgeous!!!!! She truly has a gift for capturing the heart of those sweet furbabies!

It was so good to hear from you dear friend...I have missed my blogging buddies so much....the landlords are great folks and they don't mind the things I am doing...I ran alot of things by her before I first moved in and they knew the home we lived in before coming here...she was thrilled..she said she always wanted someone who would make it their home while they lived here..I just wish I had more time right now to get things done...to many things on my plate though! lol But I am happy to be here at this time in my life. Hope all is well with you and yours dear friend and that you have a fantastic week!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Amazing at peoples' talents. I just love her work. This is a perfect gift for the dog lovers out there. My dad painted frescoes in the cathedrals of southern Italy. I have them posted several posts down. Go and see. They're truly masterpieces. He said it took years to paint that church. I am going to click on your "Follow" button and you can do the same if you like what you see at my blog.

Shelia said...

OH, my goodness! What a wonderful piece of artwork of your little darling! She does look so life like! This lady is really talented!
I love it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Rose thank you for showing this and Girl Len just lost his dog yesterday of 17 years and what a Great Christmas present this would make for him...I'm getting ahold of her...Love your Yorkie...did I ever tell you I had 5 all at the same time and would cover up with them at night...Loved my girls to death...lost the last one in o5 and can't bring myself yet to get another one as I love those Yorkies...Hope all is well on your side of the mountain my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

D said...

What a great job she did! I know you are thrilled. I love the red chair, too. She was right about that.
D

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

I lost a yorkie several years ago, what a wonderful idea of having a potrait done! She is a gifted artist!

Lou Cinda said...

I have followed Lara for awhile now and her talent amazes me!!

Your portrait is gorgeous!!!

Lou Cinda :)

~CC Catherine said...

Rose........AHHHH, I love this painting of your Yorkie! I didn't realize you had a Yorkie. I have five in our extended family. My son has one, my sister has two, and two sister in laws have one. I may have to check her site out. Hey, email me your home address if you don't mind please. :) I had the best time with you, Susan, and Debbie the other week. We must do that again! Hugs Rose! ~CC Catherine

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Oh so cute!! It almost makes me want a dog!!HA!! I love the pic!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Her work is so realistic! Your little doggie is adorable!

I also enjoyed the tour of your neighborhood, and seeing your fall decorations in your house - beautiful!

Katherine

Chatty Crone said...

Yes she is a wonderful artist (I love the Pug one), but you my dear are too!

I really enjoyed meeting and 'talking' with you yesterday. Glad you got there.

Sandie/Chatty

Deb said...

Hi Rose,

It was nice seeing you again yesterday. You know, we should make it one day a month! Sorry you arrived late. Hopefully, we will get the chance to lunch again real soon.

I love the painting of your darling baby. It looks so very real. I'll send this to my friend.

Deb

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

That is incredible!! I will have to look at her site. Thanks for visiting!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi I cam over from Sue's blog. I love Santa Claus so I you know I love your blog!

Absolutely adorable painting of your dog Duchess! I'll have to check out Laura's blog as I have a grand-dog Pomeranian named Mauri and that would make a wonderful gift for his parents :-)

ann said...

if you remember.i used to be an artist myself.this gal has the talent.
that pic looks like a photo.she is awesome.and yes it is God given...anniepoo

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Rose, what a beautiful painting! Duchess looks so regal. laurie

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