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Friday, 23 June 2017

Muffin's Portrait...PPF

A very quick post today because apparently it's my Wedding Anniversary! 
In my defence I didn't actually forget the anniversary...just that today was Friday.
The beautiful perfumed rose appearing on my bedside cabinet gave me the sharp reminder,
It's actually my hubby's fault that I didn't realise it was today, because since he left work I have lost track of which day it is. They all seem to merge together.
Anyway...apparently we are going out for the day...so I must be quick linking up with Paint Party Friday. 
I've started to paint a chicken.
It seems that they are ruling our roost these days, so it's inevitable that I would attempt to paint one sooner or later.
As you can see it's a WIP as I'm only just beginning to add the many layers.

I also wanted to share something very special to my heart today.
A very thoughtful friend (#Jeff_and_Kathleen) organised a fantastic surprise for me.
She arranged for a very talented artist in America to draw Muffin's portrait.
They decided which photographs to use and I can't believe that #Vinnie_van_go_gee managed to capture not only Muffy's likeness so well, but also her personality.
This one is taken from my favourite photograph.
Now I have these amazing pencil portraits to treasure forever.
I mean...just look at those eyes! 
Incredible talent.
Thank you my friends 
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Have a great weekend and thanks for your visits.
Thanks also to Eva and Kristin for Paint Party Friday and all participants to continue to inspire.

37 comments:

  1. Fantastic portrait, really a treasure. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks Valerie, it is special and something I will treasure.
      Hugs back to you :D

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  2. What sweet little doggy faces! Just makes you want to grab Muffin up and do some snuggling.

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    1. I would adore being able to do just that Latane πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  3. Happy Anniversary! Enjoy the day. McMuffty's portraits are beautiful. What a treasure for you. Love the start of the hen. Many hugs,

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    1. Oh now I realise that I've taken far too long to reply to your comment...it seems ages ago since we celebrated our anniversary...but thank you anyway. The portraits are so special to me. I'm having frames made and will treasure them. I've also managed a little hen painting so hopefully by Friday it might be complete. Hugs back to you.

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  4. What a beautiful gift brings tears to my eyes! Great start on the cute chicken and happy anniversary!

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    1. They certainly brought tears to my eyes too Christine. I adore them and how thoughtful to organise having them commissioned for me.
      I'm happy to say that the chook painting is progressing and hopefully it'll be finished by Friday!

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  5. very lovely thoughtful gift :)

    and might as well paint the chickens, there are there and can make great models

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    1. Wasn't it thoughtful Jennifer and I adore them :D
      As for the chickens...I'm not sure that they will be any particular breed...just whatever happens with the paints on the day really.
      My hubby is saying that it looks like 'Flo' so maybe it'll be fine.

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    1. Aren't they just Margaret. How lucky am I to have such thoughtful and caring friends :D

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  7. What an excellent doggie portrait., happy PPF

    Much love...

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    1. Thanks Gillena, I think they are so special and have captured everything about her. Happy PPF to you too :D

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  8. What a wonderful surprise gift, and your quick sketch is a fun beginning! Happy anniversary - Do enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Nadya, we had a great day visiting a castle and having dinner out at a lovely restaurant. As to the surprise gifts I am absolutely thrilled and will treasure them forever. The hen painting is progress too, so quite a productive week so far. Have a great day :D

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  9. of course you're going to be drawing and painting chickens:)
    Happy anniversary! I can see how the days blend in when you're not working.
    What a very thoughtful gift to have such gorgeous portraits of your darling Muffin. It looks like they captured her spirit and personality beautifully. Happy PPF!

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    1. Well I suppose it's a must really isn't it Linda. I mean someone would be extremely disappointed if I didn't attempt to paint them. Having said that though, they might not look anything like the girls we have here. They may be a complete new species after I've finished with them :/
      Muffin's portraits are just perfect and will be treasured for sure. I'm organising frames this week. Happy PPF to you

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  10. Love your chicken! And the Muffin portrait is just fantastic.

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    1. They are fantastic portraits aren't they Faye. Oh to have such talent to capture the image and personality is truly a gift.
      Hehe...the chicken is progressing and I hope to finish her by next Friday. Happy PPF to you

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  11. You will treasure each of those paintings!!
    Kind of figured you might decide to paint a chicken--LOL! ;)

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    1. I certainly will Rita...they are having frames organised as I type. I adore them. I see that no-one is particularly surprised that I've decided to paint chickens! Have a great week :D

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  12. those are spectacular Neesie, I'm so glad those friends thought of this. They're truly wonderful, both friends and portraits. :o)

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    1. I feel very lucky and bless to have received them Jenn, they will be treasured.

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  13. Beautiful art, what a sweet soul! I also love the gift-portrait , so special!
    Yay, Happy Anniversary! Enjoy
    Happy PPF
    Victoria #38

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    1. Anniversary seems a distant memory now...I've obviously taken too long to reply to your comment. We had a great day and evening celebrating.
      The portraits were a complete surprise and will be treasured forever.
      Happy PPF to you Victoria :D

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  14. I love the start of your chicken - looking great!
    Oh, what a thoughtful and gorgeous gift your friends thought of. The portraits are beautifully drawn :D)

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    1. The surprise portraits were a wonderful surprise and gift. Incredible artistic talent and they reduced me to floods of tears with the amazing likeness to my beautiful Muffy.
      I will treasure them always.
      I've been adding more layers to the chicken, but it's still early days yet. Hopefully it will look like a chicken and not a different unknown species!

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  15. What an adorable puppy face! :) Love it!

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    1. I know she was such a cutie and Gee has captured her image and personality so well. Amazing talent :D

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  16. Ohhh lovely pieces but I am really liking the rooster.

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    1. Really Nicole??? Okay let's hope I'm able to carry on and produce a reasonable looking chook! See you Friday ;D

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  17. Stunning of Muffin I bet your cried... Love them. What a loving gesture!! Very kind people out there...make up for so much sadness!! Your rooster is wonderful... Happy Anniversary...hope it was a joyous occasion full of love and giggles!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. I most certainly did cry Giggles...buckets and each time I look at them my eyes fill up, tummy does a flip or something similar and I get a lump in my throat. I couldn't believe that someone would be so kind and thoughtful to arrange this surprise and then the talent of the artist to produce such a fantastic likeness to her. I know how difficult it is, because I tried so many times to paint her myself.
      The Anniversary celebrations went well with a lovely day out at a castle and dinner in a great restaurant.
      The chook progresses but we shall have to see how it ends up...I'm still adding many layers yet. Hopefully I'll manage to finish it before Friday! Hugs back to you ;D

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  18. It is stunning of Muffin.
    I do like your Rooster too.

    Happy Anniversary

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, the portraits will be treasured for sure.
      As for the chook...who can say at this stage. Probably not!
      I'm busy adding many layers so we will have to see what the end result looks like. Wish me luck! ;D

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  19. Muffin looks adorable. . what a great surprise for you. Good start on the rooster. Blessings, Janet Happy Anniversary.

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