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abby smile

Speaking of smiles – Look at this happy girl with the cutest ‘tongue out’ smile in all the land!

Abby’s painting was ordered as a surprise gift from daughter to mother for Christmas last season. When she sent me the initial reference photos I fell immediately for this cute pose of her sitting happily a grassy backdrop on one of their regular walks. For the painted portrait version a solid colour was requested for the background, so I pulled a nice light wheat colour from the original photo. Once the painting was complete, a sneak peek was sent to my client (by request), and the package was on it’s merry way to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

abby eyes

Shortly after Xmas, I received the sweetest unexpected note from the gift recipient:

‘…You captured the very essence of her, especially the twinkle in her eyes, AMAZING! We had been on a fall hike the day the photo was taken – the “Abby smile”, a moment in time – the portrait you did is absolutely perfect! I am so grateful my daughter chose you to do this. I will treasure this, always…’

As if that wasn’t the happiest surprise note ever, they were also so kind as to send me a doppelganger pic:

abby dopp

My fave! I’m so glad that they love their portrait of their dear sweet Abby girl 🙂

To view Abby’s full painting, please visit my Pet Portrait portfolio page.

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