Sunday, February 1, 2009

Shop Girl

Shop Girl Detail

Shop Girl
11X14
Oil on Linen Canvas Board


Inspiration for Shop Girl

In the quaint town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, you can get the best cafe mocha, visit wonderful art galleries, and get a hair cut in Lulu's shop. Lulu is the inspiration for my new pet portrait, Shop Girl.

Lulu greets all the customers where my good friend Sharon of My New England Life goes for a do. Sharon snapped this photo of Lulu while the little divadog was hard at work keeping an eagle eye out for clientele in need of a haircut. Lulu has a stunning wardrobe and is a doggy with personality plus.

Lulu was just one of those timeless beauties who begged to be painted, kind of like Mona Lisa, or our sweet friend Valerie! If you need a bit more of a cute doggy fix, pay Valerie a visit. She's another little gal with class and distinction who is loved and adored.

22 comments:

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh lulu is amazing!
we are so happy to meet valerie! we just said hello!
xo
m & ep

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Very nice work...

Manon Doyle said...

Lulu is so pretty! You captured her beautifully!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Thank you Melissa, Helen and Manon! there is something so appealing about painting a cute little dog in a sweater. My sister has a little princess named Abby who looks just like Lulu, only she is more chocolate colored. She is quite the diva, too.
xxooo

Art with Liz said...

Nancy, Lulu is fantastic. The way you've done your brushstrokes and that lovely thick paint, plus the COLOURS! Absolutely beautiful.

Nancy and the fatties said...

Thank you Liz! that is a real compliment coming from a portrait artist of your caliber. I love your painting of Jemma, too!

Kim VanDerhoek said...

Lulu is adorable! Her sweater looks soft and fluffy. And here eyes convey such personality. Nice decision to paint in the eye on the other side of her face even though it's barely there in the photo. A darling portrait!

Jean Levert Hood said...

This could not be any more precious!!

Hugs to the Pugs!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Kim I am SO GLAD your show in Orange County was such a success. Congratulations! *clinking champagne glasses* Gosh I wish I could have been there.

Jean, I love how in your bio for your only interest you list PAINTING! Love your Becker vineyard lavendar fields. One of my favorite places on earth.
xxooo

Patricia said...

Nancy, your work is delightful and inspiring. Lulu is a real charmer!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Thanks Miss Patty, love that red saucer. It's very saucy! ; )

A New England Life said...

You blew me away Nancy! I didn't even remember Lulu when you sent me the email. Though she is still on my phone.

This girl was an absolute doll! Loved everyone and they loved her right back. She was the queen of the shop. A very on-the-go girl too.

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. The colors, the eyes, the hair ... I just love it! At least something good came out of that horrible day!

Nancy and the fatties said...

I'm so glad you shared her picture with me Sharon. She is a beauty and was fun to paint. Maybe I can meet the real Lulu next time we go to Portsmouth! *there I go, inviting myself to Sharon's for another visit!*

Karine said...

She is absolutely sensational! Great job, Nancy.

James Parker said...

Hola, Nancy. I have been checking out the doggie paintings that are popping up around...and I popped in on your Lulu. Neat-o! You captured that little mischievous expression that says "While you're getting your hair done, I'm gonna nibble your canvasses". I have just finished Pokey and Taco Belle's "poochtraits" and I hope more folks do their pets. Don't be a stranger..drop in for a cup of great CR coffee.

bindu said...

This is one awesome!

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Nancy, I am in love with Lulu! What a cutie Lulu is. Your paintings are amazing. I love your style.
Thanks for stopping by my site...it is a work in progress.:)

gianlucio said...

Hello Nancy, excellent execution of paintings, I think I subscribe to your blog so every time step to see it.
Ciao a presto

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Nancy, this is a beautiful painting - you really captured the personality! I had no idea you lived around Portsmouth, NH. I'm going to try to get in to a gallery there!

Sheila said...

This is priceless! You've captured her personality perfectly. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

Karine said...

You've been tagged, Nancy! It's a fun one. Don't worry if you don't want to do it.

KatyAnne said...

Amazing and very beautiful artwork..

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