Every time I paint any kind of terrier, I think of the movie Best in Show, where two of the characters sing a song about terriers before they take a road trip to take their little terrier to a dog show. Boston terriers are a very different kind of dog than the one they have, but the mind does what it does. #nicolesimoneoshea#watercolorpetportrait#dogportraits#bostonterrierlove
About a year ago I finished this memorial portrait of Helen the Cat, a lovely gift from @baaaaadjuju to @bitchesgottaeat . Like all cats, she had some quirks. Yet she was loved dearly all the same. Her person wrote a memorial and I recommend reading it and reading everything else Samantha Irby writes and will write because we all need some good laughs in our lives. #nicolesimoneoshea#memorialportrait#watercolorcat#petportrait
I loved painting the late fall landscape surrounding this house. A very lovely woman commissioned this to give to some friends after they sold their house, as a memory of their years there. Knowing the story behind the portraits I paint for my clients is such a joy for me. It brings so much meaning to the work I do. 💕 #nicolesimoneoshea#homeiswheretheheartis#houseportrait
Typical for living in my own world, here I am a pet portrait artist, and I only just realized now it's national dog day! In celebration, here is one of my favorite portraits I've done so far, in colored pencil rather than my typical watercolor. #nicolesimoneoshea#nationaldogday#coloredpencildrawing
Small, domestic cats act very similarly to big cats like lions, which is both useful and dangerous if you're used to house cats and happen upon a lion on the street. #nicolesimoneoshea#catposing#kittykat
Dogs become such an important part of any family, it's always so sad when they depart. Maybe some people don't understand, but if you've ever loved a dog, you know. It's always a bit bittersweet to paint a memorial portrait: I'm sad for the loss as I 'get to know' the dog through painting, but glad to be able to provide the comforting commemorative for the family or pet owner. #memorialportrait#doglove#beardedcollie#nicolesimoneoshea
Great weekend with family, including this couple of lovelies, who now have an adorably fierce lovely of their own. In the end, love, family and friends are the most important things, and family really includes dearest friends.