Dog enthusiast, owner of Forever Friends Pet Memorials and Crematorium, and wonderful person, Lori Craft-Magee, commissioned a portrait of one of her canine friends. This is Bizzy (’cause she’s so busy), a charming little French Bulldog with tons of energy and personality! Lori electronically sent me this photo of Bizzy and I was able to zoom in on her head enough to create a pattern.
As this was my first portrait commission, I was anxious to make it look realistic. I knew the key would be in finding the right glass with a mix of white and pink for Bizzy’s face.
Luckily, I found the perfect piece at Stained Glass Creations by Kim in the north end of Saint John… a creamy ring mottle that reveals its subtle shades of pink only under light.
It even has delicate wrinkles on the surface of the glass to simulate the dog’s skin. For the black parts, I used both standard black and a bit of Spectrum black baroque to add some light drama.
In total, fifteen blissful studio hours turned out a lovely little panel of Bizzy. Her eyes lights up in the full sunshine, with maybe just a hint of mischief.
I was fortunate to meet the cute little bulldog in person when I dropped off the finished piece at Lori’s home. Bizzy is a barrel of business in every wonderful way. I am very thankful Lori brought this new challenge to me at Nellyglasss Studio. I enjoyed the artistic adventure immensely! 😀