Occasionally, I get requests from non-profit organizations to paint portraits for their benefit. Generally they like me to donate custom portraits, where someone can bid on or donate money to the organization, then send me photos of their pet and have me do a custom portrait. For some reason that’s not my preference though–I like to paint something, send it off, and be done with it. When I paint for charity, however, I do try to paint portraits that would be attractive to a general audience rather than an individual pet owner.
The portrait below was painted for a cat rescue organization. I chose a photo of my brother and sister-in-laws cat, Joey:
I really liked this painting when it was done, and proudly called it "Joey Sleeps with the Fishes." Unfortunately, the organization I was donating to thought that potential buyers might be offended by the tongue-in-cheek title. "Sleeps with the fishes" implies a dead cat, afterall. I reluctantly changed the title to "Joey Dreams of Fish."
In my heart, however, this painting will always be called "Joey Sleeps with the Fishes." 😉
Unfortunately, I’d neglected to prepare the canvas properly and when I varnished the completed painting it got completely ruined. I was very disappointed by that since I really liked the painting. Thankfully I photographed it before applying the varnish, so at least it still exists in the digital world.