Young and Old

As promised, here is the finished painting of Ayden.  He is our youngest grandchild and I think probably our last.  But we’re still working on Great Grandchildren!!  And we will be for a long time.

I find that it’s much easier to paint children because the faces are so smooth with no wrinkles.  But if you know and love that child it’s hard to capture the child that you know personally.  You want to see on the canvas the expressions and feelings you see when you give that baby a hug.

I’m just going to give myself a critique here…
I think I did capture Ayden’s look, but to me the painting looks just a little stiff and unnatural.  I’m working on doing better next time.
But when I compare to some of my earlier portraits I can see a vast improvement.
So I’ll keep painting and learning.


Here is another grandson, Isaac, who I painted about 10?? years ago. I think (hope) you can see improvement.

Scan 2


On a sad note…..
Many of you have been to McCune Kansas and have met and loved Bitsy.  And you are so kind to ask about her sometimes.  She was our faithful friend for 15 years.  This week we had to give her up.  She went to sleep quietly for the final time after living a full life as HD’s constant companion.

Version 2

That’s my news for today.  I’m still working on the project for Heirlooms From The Heart in October and will post pics soon.








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30 Responses to Young and Old

  1. Debbie Ruttenberg says:

    Hi Ronnie,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bitsy. Our furbabies are so special to us.
    Pertaining to your portraits of your grandboys. Yes there is a vast improvement. You have a talent to catch that sparkle and personality in both of the portraits. Good for you! We are never too old to keep learning to keep us young! Thank you for sharing

  2. Dinky Davis says:

    So sorry to hear about Bitsy, those 4 legged kids really hold a special place in out hearts.
    I think both of the portraits are lovely. I don’t think Ayden looks stiff, he reached out and touched my heart. I think the colors of Ayden’s portrait look warmer, but both have a beautiful smile. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend………………….

  3. Pat Otto says:

    The portraits are great, Ronnie. The sparkle of life shows. Both are amazing, especially knowing they are done in acrylic. Looks like the grandchildren have inherited their grandma’s fun-loving personalities!

  4. Leslie Hutchinson says:

    Ayden looks like a pixie waiting to make mischief at the rodeo! What a cute little guy and what a beautiful portrait!
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bitsy was a special dog and so well trained. My condolences.

  5. Patty says:

    So sad to hear about Bitsy, she was a sweetie, and I know she is dearly missed by HD. Yes our portraits have come a long way haven’t they. Looking forward to getting a glimpse at the PA project. Miss ya.

  6. June Brown says:

    So very sorry about Bitsy. My heart hurts for you. I hope that your wonderful memories will soon outweigh your pain.

  7. Anita says:

    Love it, to me the pic looks very lifelike and catches his personality.

  8. Beth Weiss says:

    My condolences on the loss of your beloved dog. They are family.

  9. Loretta Graf says:

    Beautiful painting. Yes can see progression in the two.
    So very sad to hear of Bitsy’s passing. I remember well when you brought her to her first Seminar in McCune. Prayers for all.

  10. Saundra Rowe says:

    Life is good Ronnie, and what a talent GOD has given to you – thank you for sharing and both painting’s are adorable .! Not knowing your Grand babies , I believe there is a slight difference in the painting’s. It’s all good so keep on going and help us to keep going. Sooooo sorry to hear of Bitsy’s passing – they are family.!
    Hugs Sandy ooooxx

  11. Linda Duff says:

    Looks great to me, looks like he might be full of the dickens. Lao the one from 10 years ago looks good. Sorry to hear about your little one crossing over the rainbow bridge. It’s hard to let them go!

  12. Carol Armstrong says:

    I think Ayden looks a lot like you. Beautiful !!

  13. Ann says:

    Well done Ronnie I love it and can see what you mean although they are both very impressive!! Im painting one of my son but its far from finished and have been on hold for some time with it ……….. maybe get back to it now Im settled!

    So very sorry to hear about Bitsy they are such wonderful companions and its so hard to say goodbye. Sending hugs x x x

  14. looks great here..almost as good as in person. Yep a see an improvement even though te 10 year old one is fantastic!

  15. Bev Atkins says:

    your painting is always fabulous. can see subtle changes over the two spans but not so much. sorry you had to say goodbye to a sweet companion. I painted my grandsons portrait as a 2nd ever and he did not like it so much, might have to try again. good for you branching out and as the true artist you are, obtaining much success in your skills.

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