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Leni in the Light by rieke-b Leni in the Light by rieke-b
Acrylic paints on canvas, 18x24cm, painted from a photo. The evening light shone on Leni, she heard something and looked up… (It looks a little strange that her other eye’s not visible, but the fur of her face somehow covered it.)

Leni is a West Highland White terrier/Schnauzer mix (30cm shoulder height) and was born in 2004. She has the most beautiful soft, silver fur, but her beard is always brown, even after washing…
Training her was a lot of work, but it was really worth it. She’s clever, loud and a serious hunter with extremely good senses. She notices everything and can’t go off-leash, but we trained her to walk next to us without pulling. She needs a lot of exercise, so we walk her a lot, take her for bike tours and let her retrieve things or perform other little tasks. :heart: She also loves to hunt a cardboard roll on a string filled with some dry food.

Leni’s very sceptical and often tries to control a situation, so we have to watch her and make her understand that she’s not the leader. She’s a wonderful dog who reacts quickly on body language and calm vocal communication.
She’s also very funny sometimes: Whenever a family member returns home, she howls happily like a miniature wolf and “grins”, meaning she shows her teeth in a strange way. I think it’s still not scientifically explained why some dogs do this to greet their family members.

However, being a vegetarian who now lives vegan most of the time, having to give my pets meat causes me emotional pain, even though it’s organic. :( I don’t want to buy another pet, anyway, but only save one when I have the possibility, just like we saved our two dogs from ending up in an animal shelter. Our cat Phoebe is an offspring of a cat we also saved many years ago.

I’m open for pet portrait commissions. ;) See some of my other pet paintings here:
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Acryl auf Leinwand, 18x24cm, von einem Foto abgemalt. Das Abendlicht schien auf Leni, sie hörte etwas und schaute hoch… (Es sieht etwas seltsam aus, dass ihr anderes Auge nicht zu sehen ist, aber das Fell in ihrem Gesicht überdeckte es.)

Leni ist ein West Highland White Terrier/Schnauzer-Mischling (30cm Schulterhöhe) und wurde 2004 geboren. Sie hat wunderschönes weiches, silbernes Fell, aber ihr Bart ist immer braun, auch nach einer Dusche…
Sie zu erziehen war sehr anstrengend, aber das war es wert. Sie ist klug, laut und eine ernste Jägerin mit extrem guten Sinnen. Sie bemerkt alles und kann nicht ohne Leine ausgeführt werden, aber wir haben ihr beigebracht, bei Fuß zu gehen. Sie braucht viel Bewegung, also machen wir viele Spaziergänge oder Radtouren mir ihr, lassen sie Dinge apportieren oder andere kleine Aufgaben erfüllen. :heart: Sie liebt es auch, eine Papprolle am Faden zu jagen, die mit etwas Trockenfutter gefüllt ist.

Leni ist sehr skeptisch und versucht oft, eine Situation zu kontrollieren, weshalb wir gut auf sie achten und ihr zu verstehen geben müssen, dass sie nicht die Anführerin ist. Sie ist ein toller Hund, der schnell auf Körpersprache und ruhige Sprache reagiert.
Sie ist auch manchmal sehr komisch: Wenn ein Familienmitglied nach Hause kommt, heult sie fröhlich wie ein Miniaturwolf und „grinst“, wobei sie auf eine ulkige Art und Weise ihre Zähne zeigt. Ich glaube, es wurde immer noch nicht wissenschaftlich erklärt, warum manche Hunde das zur Begrüßung tun.

Da ich Vegetarierin bin und mittlerweile hauptsächlich vegan lebe, schmerzt es mich, meinen Haustieren Fleisch geben zu müssen, auch wenn es Bio ist. :( Ich möchte ohnehin nie wieder ein Haustier kaufen, höchstens eines retten, wenn ich die Möglichkeit dazu habe, genau wie wir unsere beiden Hunde vor dem Tierheim bewahrt haben. Unsere Katze Phoebe ist die Tochter einer Katze, die wir vor vielen Jahren retteten…

Ich nehme auch Aufträge für Haustierportraits an. ;) Hier einige weitere Haustiergemälde von mir:
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:iconitsallpossible:
ItsAllPossible Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
Beautiful.... :-) 
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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UAkimov09 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Very Nice ! Congrats You ! : )
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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UAkimov09 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
You're Welcome ! Very nice Animal. Nature forever in heart.
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popturt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks exactly identical to one of my dogs :O
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, that's a cool coincidence! :D
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greenstables Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I LOVE the highlights in his fur!
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! It was a lot of fun to paint, too. :)
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George-H-Art Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really lovely
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I saw you painting on this when Jelka took a video of you last time. ;) Oh Leni you are adorable! There is so much spirit in his eyes (well, eye, he's so fuzzy the other has vanished lol). I love all his wavy fur ruffles and that warm reflected lighting. :love: You've done Leni proud again! I think you've painted him twice. :confused: Or was the other one Tony?
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, Jelka filmed me while I was working on this and made a stupid face, haha!
Aww, thank you so much! :hug: Painting the fur was so much fun!

Leni is a girl, but she really behaves like a wild young boy sometimes. :D I've painted her four times so far; two acrylic portraits, one warercolour painting with Tony, and an early watercolour portrait (not shared here at DA). :)
Now I have to paint Tony and Phoebe more often...
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SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Gorgeous! great atmosphere.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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kael1030 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God that is just.... gorgeous. :heart:
I love how I can see the paint strokes too. :heart:

Just fantastic. :love:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, hehe... :hug:
Yes, although I like to paint realistic, I still want to make it look like a painting, not exactly like a photo. :)
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kael1030 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your pictures always look realistic and yet you can tell instantly that it is a painting. :D
At least I can. :huggle:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay, I succeeded, then! :bounce: Thanks again! :heart:
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kael1030 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep you sure did! :D And you are always welcome. :huggle:
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PictureByPali Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that is truly amazing well done my friend
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Rainy0406 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I THINK THE ART GODS CAME DOWN TO EARTH AND SLAPPED YOU WITH AMAZING TALENT
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ouch, haha! :D Thank you so much!
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Rainy0406 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem XD
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! <3
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave:
You have been featured in my weekly dA love for everyone! article.
Have a nice day :huggle:
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:iconrieke-b:
rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you very much! :bounce:
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :happybounce:
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Chiisai-Hane Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Oh, I remember her on some your photos! Nice drawing :D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D It's an acrylic painting.
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Ensaru64 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great lighting effects.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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