Miniature Dog Portrait Painting in Memoriam

Dog pet portrait miniature oil painting by Rebecca Luncan

Portrait of Hicks
oil on copper
4″ x 4″

Softening Loss with Joyful Memories, a Dog Portrait of Hicks, Painted in Memoriam

When I first started painting pet portraits, I never imagined I would paint so many in memoriam. It’s a hard thing to explain why a painting should feel more significant than, say, the photo it’s based on, but I think it’s the care put into making it. I love that all the smiling dogs and bright eyed cats that I’ve painted will be just as happy and alert in their portraits for hundreds of years to come. They will not only bring a moment of joy to their much loved companion, but also to countless generations of viewers after all of us are gone. It’s an honor to make these paintings.

Hicks was one such special dog. I painted his portrait for Megan, whose husband was very close to Hicks. Our time with our pets is brief, but the love we experience is profound. We dread the moment of loss almost from the first, and it is always too soon. I know how it feels to lose a dog so well loved, and I think that is why I never get tired of painting memorial pet portraits.

I have a little portrait of Buster, my favorite companion who I lost six years go, hanging where I can see him every day. His portrait honors our connection and keeps his memory warm in my heart. It also gives me occasion to talk about him more, and tell stories of special memories. Painting it and having it helped me turn my grief at his passing into a celebration of our friendship. If you are considering a similar gift for yourself or a loved one, let me personally encourage you. If you have any questions about it, you may read my Commissions page or reach out to me directly.

From Megan:

Oh my gosh. It’s amazing!! I have tears in my eyes writing this. My husband loved it. It is so beautiful. I can’t thank you enough.

Shadowbox: Group Show at Ghost Gallery

interactive oil painting of Sisters by Rebecca Luncan

Two of my double-sided paintings will be included in a show at Ghost Gallery this month!

Though the theme of “shadowbox” seems specific, the work will be extremely varied in subject matter and the use of materials (from taxidermy to crochet and everything in between). The exhibition features more than thirty local & national female-identifying artists. I’m looking forward to seeing my paintings displayed in such a diverse context and I hope some of you locals out there can make it!  Here’s the Facebook Invite.

The artist reception is from 5:00 – 9:00 during Capitol Hill’s Second Thursday Artwalk on August 13th. Show is open August 13th – September 3rd, 2015. 

Ghost Gallery, 504 E Denny Way, Seattle, WA (entrance faces Olive Way) Hours: TUE-FRI 11-7pm, SAT-SUN 11-6pm Monday by Appt

Double sided interactive oil painting of Solider going to war by Rebecca Luncan

Participating artists include:

Amber Imrie-Situnayake (CA)
Amber Maykut (Brooklyn)
Anastasia Zielinski
Anne La Fever
Bunneah Munkeah
Caitlin McCormack (PA)
Clarita Hinojosa
Crystal Blanchflower
Danielle Schlunegger (CA)
Domonique Alesi (PA)
Donia (NYC)
Elizabeth Arzani
Emily Marie Clark
Holly Martz
Ilona Brustad
Inna Peck
Jessica Bonin
Jody Joldersma
Kaitlin Beckett (Melbourne)
Karla Fuller-Palmer
Krisna Schumann
Kristine Helgager
Laura Tempest Zakroff
Lisa Mei Ling Fong
Michelle Smith-Lewis
Meredith Stafford
Patricia Sullivan (NJ)
Rebecca Luncan
Rebecca Reeves (PA)
Shayna Yasuhara (CA)
Whitney Bashaw
Zoë Williams (NY)

 

Double-Sided (secret!) Portrait Paintings

Double-Sided oil painting, adult and child Rebecca Luncan

Sasha, as Adult and Child
oil on rotating aluminum panels
6.75″ x 5.5″ x 3.5″ (framed)

A wedding and 75th birthday (the two events happened just a day apart!) were marked by the gift of these two paintings.

Bill delivered them into the hands of his new husband whose daughters are featured in these double-sided portraits: two beautiful sisters, painted in turn as cute little girls and then as lovely, happy adults. I was very impressed at how Bill was able to keep the commission secret from the whole family as he scoured every nook and cranny to find the perfect images. He found the ones from when they were kids hiding in a box in the garage.

A gallery is in the works of more interactive double-sided paintings for the website. I love the endless possibilities and have made many variations on this theme. Keep an eye out for it in the next few weeks. Until then, you’re welcome to take a look at my gallery of portrait commissions, which includes both traditional one-sided and multi-sided works.

My heartfelt congratulations to the newly-wedded couple and their family! It was a pleasure and an honor to paint your daughters.

Double-Sided oil painting, adult and child Rebecca Luncan

Colby, as Adult and Child
oil on rotating aluminum panels
6.75″ x 5.5″ x 3.5″ (framed)