the Downton Abbey animals

Between working in the studio and adventuring around the country, there are some important details that need to be taken care of, so I can make a relatively seamless transition between these two things. I can't bring my dogs with me all the time. I wish I could, and I try to bring them along as much as is safe and comfortable for all of us, but sometimes my sweet furry friends need to stay behind. And when they do, there is my friend Colleen.

As a thank you gift to this gem of a lady, I painted some portraits of her animal friends. She has quite the awesome collection, not to mention that she fosters rescued greyhounds and tempts me something awful when she posts her newest borders on her IG account. Colleen and I share an affinity for Downton Abbey, so instead of run-of-the-mill portraits, I made them into potential characters that would fit into the series, and gave them each a little backstory as their title.

And here they are:

 Chester had no qualms with hanging about the servant's entrance, chatting to the servant girls as they traipsed in and out all day.

Chester had no qualms with hanging about the servant's entrance, chatting to the servant girls as they traipsed in and out all day.

 Agnes rarely made an appearance in Crawley family photos, because she was tired of being told to 'look less sinister'.

Agnes rarely made an appearance in Crawley family photos, because she was tired of being told to 'look less sinister'.

 Cora didn't approve to Dexter coming to dinner in one of his apparent 'moods'.

Cora didn't approve to Dexter coming to dinner in one of his apparent 'moods'.

 Kitty misread Tracker's leaning into her as a token of affection, not the telltale sign of a dreadful hangover.

Kitty misread Tracker's leaning into her as a token of affection, not the telltale sign of a dreadful hangover.

 Marty was merely trying to fit in as one of the kitchen staff when he borrowed a frock from Daisy without asking.

Marty was merely trying to fit in as one of the kitchen staff when he borrowed a frock from Daisy without asking.

 He'd earned the unfortunate nickname of 'dufus' largely in part to a lazy eye inherited from cousin Violet's side of the family, that made it's presence all too apparent in every family photo.

He'd earned the unfortunate nickname of 'dufus' largely in part to a lazy eye inherited from cousin Violet's side of the family, that made it's presence all too apparent in every family photo.

They were each painted on 8x8 wood panel. I used the real names of her pets in the little anecdotal titles as well. It was a ridiculously fun little series to work on.

The end.