Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cairo

11"x14" oil on canvas
This is a portrait of our greyhound, Cairo, that I just finished today. We adopted him back in 2002 from a rescue organization that saves racing greyhounds that are no longer wanted as racers and would be put to death otherwise. A few years ago he had an operation to remove some mast cell tumors, however, they returned. A week ago from today we sadly had to say good-bye to our big sweet boy. We miss him very much.

24 comments:

Nancy and the fatties said...

Edward, I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Cairo. Your love shines through in this beautiful portrait.
sending comforting thoughts and support

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Edward, I'm so sorry to read about your loss. Your painting portrays a beautiful, elegant, Cairo.

Angela Elledge said...

Edward, I am so sorry for the loss of your treasured Cairo; it's hard to find just the right words at this time. I just love Cairo's expression that you successfully captured. To me it looks as though he has just picked his head up from a little nap, knowing that he may not be allowed to sit on the beautiful sofa, he has that sweet "ok, you caught me, but I"m so comfortable, and that was the best nap because this is the most comfortable spot, and I know you love me and you know I love you, and I'll never do it again...until the next time" look. :) So lovely.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Edward,
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Cairo. What a beautiful dog and such a nice piece of art.
Only a good and sensitive people like you can rescue an animal from the shelter.
sending my support.

dominique eichi said...

Oh Edward, I am so sorry to read about your Beautiful Cairo. His elegance and love shines through your painting. PLease know he is the fastest dog in heaven. With all my love to you and your wife.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

{{{{Edward}}}
It's SO hard to lose the loves of our lives. A beautiful portrait of an elegant dog. I hope he visits you in your dreams like my Nizzy has. She was sick with renal failure and we had no idea until the vet did the tests. The next day I had to let her go.
You are not alone.

Sheila said...

Your love for Cairo is certainly evident in this beautiful painting Ed. He knew how blessed he was to be rescued by you and your wife and to live such a quality life after being used as a business tool by his previous owner. Where he is now, he is pain free and runs in a sun warmed grassy field like a puppy. There he'll wait for you and greet you with wagging tail when many years from now, it is your time to join him.

Michelle Burnett said...

Edward, I'm so sorry about the loss of your dog. You painting is a wonderful tribute to him. He looks very graceful and elegant.

James Parker said...

Great painting, Edward, and I do so admire the detail work. And I am sorry for the loss of Cairo. Folks who have never experienced the enrichment of their lives that the love and loyalty a dog can bring are the poorer for it. Your love for Cairo is embedded in the pigments. My compliments.

Vern Schwarz said...

Hi Edward, real sorry to hear about your loss of Cairo. You did a fantastic job on your painting of him.
I know it doesn't ease the pain of losing a great friend, but his memory is always there in your mind and heart, and at a glance.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Edward, I just now saw this, I'm so sorry he had to go but as Sheila said, now he is pain-free and his spirit is soaring. I truly believe our dogs' spirits still live with us though, that's where they'd want to be (when they're not running around and swimming and doing all the things they always wanted to). Beautiful, sensitive painting. Hugs...

Marian Fortunati said...

I'm sorry you lost your Cairo. It is a beautiful painting... not just of the dog but of a great couch!!

José said...

Hi Edward,

Sorry for the loss of your friend Cairo. Animals can teach us alot.
The painting is really good, namely the foreshortened perspective of several elements.

Take care,

José

Carrie Griesemer said...

What a beautiful tribute to you dog. Graceful and dignified as I'm sure Cairo was.

Helen Parkhill said...

Edward, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your wonderful Cairo. Your painting is gorgeous . . . it's a perfect tribute.

Karen Mathison Schmidt said...

Edward, please accept my condolences on the loss of your Cairo. His gentleness and sweetness really show here in your portrait.

I'm discovering that many artists are also animal rescuers, so I'm not at all surprised to see that you are, too. Thank you for giving Cairo a loving home where he got to sleep in the sofa occasionally!

Kathleen Coy said...

This is a beautiful painting, I can see in it how much you loved him. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Jala Pfaff said...

I am so sorry to hear this. He is beautiful. Take care. It seems like so many of us Daily Painters have lost a beloved animal friend recently (me, too). :(

rob ijbema said...

what a sweetheart,and so lovingly painted,that couch is so well done too

Morgaine said...

What a beautiful painting of him !

Maggie Mayer said...

Beautiful painting Edward. That's a touching story. Our dog is a rescue too. Sometimes I think those make the best pets.

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

I how know hard it is to lose a beloved pet. They become your child if you love them enough. And, what a wonderful thing you did by adopting and rescuing him from his lousy fate. Your portrait of Cairo is beautiful. And, how regal he looks sitting on his throne:)

Mona said...

Ed, I don't know how I missed this very special post earlier, but I'm so sorry to hear that you have lost Cairo. This is such a gorgeous painting. So very regal of Cairo, and so beautifully handled for the pattern on the sofa, etc.

You are so masterful at dog portraits, have you given any thought to creating a separate gallery just for dog/pet portraits on your website, perhaps dedicating it to Cairo?

Gwen Bell said...

I was looking back through your blog and came across your beautiful painting of Cairo. I'm so sorry for your loss. You snatched him up from an early death and gave him Heaven On Earth for the short while you had him. I know he passed happy.
What a gorgeous animal and painting.