Painted: Monkey & Co.

Over the last few months, I’ve been so lucky to paint Kiira’s clan of pups, Monkey (above) and Petey, plus their super handsome foster, Rerun (bonus: he’s a Jack look-a-like!). My most recent portrait, however, was Monkey, and I must admit, he was quite the personal challenge – just check out his beautiful and unique brindle facial pattern! A stud, don’t you think? I asked Kiira to share some fun facts on Monkey, and here’s what she had to say about her not-so-little man:

‘Monkey’ is a misnomer. We got it wrong with his name, but by the time we found out, he was already Monkey to us. Monkey is elegant–regal, really–and as serious and attentive as they come. He is athletic and agile, and the most inherently graceful dog I know. He leaps into trees, springboards off their trunks, and twists and turns in the air, all for a closer look at that squirrel.

He lived as a stray before animal control caught up with him, and I am convinced that if he didn’t like people so much, he would be thriving out there in the wild, king of a self-sufficient pack of strays. But we got lucky, and he turned himself in, and we get to witness the sweetest little Monkey licks and the most out-of-character wiggle butt ever. The rabbits and squirrels of the neighborhood hate him, and I have disproportionate muscle tone in my leash arm, but if it means that Monkey can make the city his home, so be it.

Each portrait was painted on a clean white background, but just for fun, we added a colorful edge! After she spied our two-toned end table, Kiira and I discussed a few options to give her paintings a unique element, and here they are in sunny yellow (Monkey), soft blue (Rerun) and gold (Petey):

I’m officially a fan, and now Scott and I are wondering if the same should be done to our trio of portraits – Jack, Maddie and Libby. What do you think?

Thank you, Kiira, for sharing your stunning crew with us!

Monkey and Petey were painted on a 6×6 wood panel, and Rerun is on the pint-sized 4×4. For more information on custom work of your own, check us out at The Pet Shop, a tiny division of this Yellow Brick Home.

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  • Julia @cuckoo4design - March 11, 2013 - 6:39 AM

    Wow, how beautiful! Love the two-toned edges!
    What a cute crew!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 11, 2013 - 7:59 AM

    I love these! We have a 3 month old pitty and I can’t wait until she’s older so I can have you do hers! Here’s a cute picture I took of her yesterday. :)instagr.am/p/WsVcXTEXO3/ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - March 11, 2013 - 8:01 AM

    Yes! When you mentioned this in your table post, I knew it would look fantastic — and it does!! I can’t wait until I save up to have our pooches painted!!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - March 11, 2013 - 9:25 AM

    Incredible job Kim! Brindle seems like it would be difficult to replicate, but you’ve done it spot on. Also love the pop of color on the edge. Someday when we find a brother for Zelda we’ll get one done like that too. ^.^ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 11, 2013 - 9:48 AM

    Kim, are you KIDDING me with that puppy?! My heart just melted. That little black eyebrow about killed me.

    Hannah, yes! I’d love to paint your Pitties!

    Nina, ooh, fingers crossed that Zelda gets a sibling! I actually really enjoy painting brindle fur (the patterns are always so beautiful), but I have to say that Monkey has one of the most unique patterns I’ve seen!ReplyCancel

  • Kiira - March 11, 2013 - 10:05 AM

    Kim, they are so amazing, and even more so in person. I was looking at the tiny details yesterday, especially the black hairline traces, and I’ve concluded that you must have one of the steadiest hands around.
    And thanks for making Monkey shine. He often gets overlooked for his brother, who has the graphic cartoon quality that people are drawn to. And with Rerun in tow for the past four months, well, that head is a showstopper, so it’s rare that anyone notices the black mutt by his side. You really captured Monkey’s elegance, and his portrait is easily my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 11, 2013 - 10:38 AM

    Kiira, steady hands, maybe. Tiny hands and tiny paintbrushes? Yes!

    Thank YOU for sharing the whole crew with us! They’re all stars, but we’re happy to give Monkey the spotlight today.ReplyCancel

  • Yet ANOTHER Kim - March 11, 2013 - 7:00 PM

    The gentleman and I are in the process of adopting a french bulldog and I can’t wait o have you do a painting of our future pup. You nailed Monkey’s coloring and I love the colored edge! How you get such perfectly crisp and clean lines never fails to amaze me.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 11, 2013 - 7:07 PM

    Ha, too many Kims!

    Kim, thank you! I really hope to work with you on your future Frenchie!ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - March 11, 2013 - 8:16 PM

    We know her crew and you did such a great job of capturing them. Especially Monkey who is so unique. And I love Kirra’s descriptions of him.ReplyCancel

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