Tuscan landscape and a black dog

Ok, so you might be wondering what the hell is going on when you read the title of this post, am I writing about a black dog in Tuscany or am I being deliberately obtuse? The answer to both would be no, I am simply sharing with you my latest artworks, one is of Cypress (I think) trees in Tuscany and the other is of my beautiful old girl Maxi. The time I have for drawing is limited, I have class once a week and not every week so it has taken me several months to finish both pieces, perhaps if I spent my weekends drawing they would get finished in a shorter timeframe however I’m not in a hurry, my weekends are full and my art is generally for my pleasure.

Happy Wednesday!

Pastel illustration of Cypress trees and the rolling hills of Tuscany
Pastel illustration of Cypress trees and the rolling hills of Tuscany. The road leads to a B&B halfway between Pienza and Siena.
Pastel illustration of Maxi the dog
Princess Maxi immortalised in pastel



14 thoughts on “Tuscan landscape and a black dog

  1. Fabulous Fur Friends July 3, 2013 / 7:01 pm

    Wow Sam, they are beautiful – you certainly have a lot of talent. You’ve really captured a life like look in Maxi’s eyes – almost photographic. Well done, I’ll look forward to seeing some more.

    • twoblackdoggies July 3, 2013 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much, the illustration of Maxi was a labour of love and I left the eyes until last because I knew that they could make or break the image and I was worried about stuffing them up. Bundy will be next so I have to find the right image, might be a few months before I can share more 🙂

  2. Misaki July 3, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    You are so talented, they are beautiful xx

    • twoblackdoggies July 4, 2013 / 7:31 am

      Thanks Emily, the picture of Maxi is my latest illustration and it was my first non-landscape for a couple of years.

  3. restlessjo July 4, 2013 / 7:14 am

    Sam, these are wonderful. What does it matter how long it takes when you can produce something like this? I am so impressed. 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies July 4, 2013 / 7:33 am

      Thank you Jo, so true, time means nothing when doing something you love 🙂

  4. megtraveling July 5, 2013 / 9:15 am

    These are so good – I can’t choose a favorite because they are both great. I like the look in Maxi’s eyes. She is very intelligent!

    • twoblackdoggies July 5, 2013 / 5:43 pm

      Thanks Meg, you are sweet. Maxi is my reluctant model, she usually turns her head away when I bring out the camera but a treat can work wonders in getting her attention 🙂

  5. margieinitaly July 23, 2013 / 3:57 am

    The Tuscan cypress trees are beautiful! I love this painting!

    • twoblackdoggies July 23, 2013 / 10:51 am

      Thank you, it was so wonderful to be driving around Tuscany and seeing the type of scenery I had only really seen in movies or photo, the photos I took of the landscape provides alot of material and inspiration for my art.

  6. George Weaver August 17, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    Hi, BlackDog! I love Maxi!! What a beautiful pastel. I love this. She looks so sweet and bright.

    • twoblackdoggies August 22, 2013 / 10:39 am

      Thanks George! Maxi is a sweet thing and I really enjoyed drawing her portrait although I had to move her nose a few times to get it right 🙂

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