Now, I'm usually a closeted crazy animal person, but I had to share the final results because it literally BLEW MY MIND.
(Full view. Side note: That's my bird, Dale, in Ernie's coat pocket. Dale's been in my life for MANY years and loves Ernie, but a week before I got this portrait Dale passed away unexpectedly. Devastated was an understatement of how I felt -- and still feel -- so I was really shocked and super happy to see that Dale was included in the image. It makes it even more special.)
I gave Jade total control. I wanted her to apply her whimsical treatment to Ernie and she totally captured his personality. Seriously. She made him look like Sherlock Holmes. How awesome is that? And she didn't even know my nickname for him is "The Inspector" because of his curiosity and obsessive behavior in checking out every box that comes into the apartment or shop. I'm smitten and LOVE LOVE LOVE my Ernie portrait.
OK, personal post over. But I had to share Jade's incredible artistry.