Loved and Lost: A Tribute To Patches

Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote the famous lines “Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all,” and you know what? He was right.

There isn’t much you can do in the face of loss, but I hope the love was worth it. It always has been for me.

There isn’t much you can do for others who are grieving, either, but this week, I had the privilege of doing a little something to help friends who are saddened by the loss of their Boston Terrier, Patches.

They have photos and memories, but I hoped this painting would let them know that I loved Patches, too, and will miss her, and that I’m sorry for their loss.

Here’s the process, from sketch to finished painting. Rest in peace, sweet girl–you will not be forgotten.

Sketch of Patches with background filled in
Sketch of Patches with background filled in
Sketch of Patches with her little pink sweater filled in
Sketch of Patches with her little pink sweater filled in
Portrait of Patches, nearly finished
Portrait of Patches, nearly finished
Finished portrait, close-up
Finished portrait, close-up

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