Thanks everyone for the kind words. The girl that I made this for was extremely happy with it. The fact that it was a suprise made it even better. It's kind of exploded from there, with the photo being posted on facebook and comments coming from around the globe about how lovely the portrait is and how much it looks like her dog. I think that all of the positive attention about the portrait has made her feel a lot better with people sharing their memories of the dog, prompted by my portrait. It's a good feeling.
Gifts from the heart are the best. What did you use as a picture?
Thanks to technology, I "creeped" her facebook page and was able to find several nice photos of her dog. I copied, pasted and printed the photos to give me reference material to work from.
Where do get the patience ...How many hours ?
I don't consider it patience. I really enjoy scroll work and it very relaxing to me. I've never consider someone needing patience to do something that they really enjoy. I'm just running through my head how many hours this one took. Preparing the wood, about 1 hour. Drawing out the cutting pattern, about 3-4 hours. Cutting the pattern, about 1 hour. Frame set up, inlays, routing, sanding and assembly, about 2 hours. Applying the finishes, about 2 hours. So total approximate time.............10 hours? The longest part is sketching out and finalizing the cutting pattern.
One of my Walkers just died a couple weeks ago and I want to build a display box for his ashes.
That's a great idea. I've never thought of that one. If anyone can pull it off, you can joesdad. Make sure that you post some photos of it when you complete it. By the way, the new avatar picture looks great!!