Shadow Portrait

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
–Richard L. Evans

Shadow - 5" x 7" Watercolor

Shadow – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor

This was painted from a photo by JustJean at WetCanvas.  Jean’s Shadow has gone on to doggie heaven and it just felt right to do this painting for Jean.

If my computer survives the next hour without me putting a bullet through it, my day will have improved a lot.  I think it may be time to walk away for a moment and do something fun.   😀

Richard L. Evans is best known for his inspirational messages given in the long-running weekly radio program “Music and the Spoken Word” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As a General Authority of the Mormon Church, he was one of their most senior leaders.

Evans was the last child born to John A. Evans and Florence Neslen, for when he was only 10 weeks old his father died leaving a widow with nine children to rear. However, with determination and a scholarship, he sought higher education first at L.D.S. University and then at the University of Utah. Taking time away from university study, he served as a Mormon missionary in Great Britain from 1926 to 1929, where he acted as associate editor of the Mormon newspaper the “Millennial Star” under James E. Talmadge and Dr. John A. Widtsoe. In addition to gaining journalistic skills, he also polished his speaking talents through the experience of speaking in street meetings and even at the speaker’s corner in Hyde Park, London. Returning to the University of Utah after his mission, he received his BA degree in 1931 and MA degree in 1932.  Source:


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 10:42:19

    Beautiful, beautiful portrait of Shadow.
    I’m sorry for your loss, Jean.


  2. Pj Hornberger
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 11:57:35

    That is the sweetest face. I think you captured his personality. Losing a special pet is so hard. But the memories of what that pet/friend, are what help me be brave and adopt another new friend.


  3. Carol King
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 11:47:14

    Shadow is a dream! What a beautiful painting and dog. I hope he is in doggie heaven with my old dog Coco. She was a Rottie Shepherd mix and I bet she would love Shadow. I know I do.


  4. Cindy D
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 10:32:29

    What a sweet face and so nicely done! A wonderful tribute. Some friends had a cat die recently who was with them for 16 years and I have a great photo but I am hesitant to do a portrait. Maybe I’ll give it a try!

    Also, in case you haven’t seen it, Jimmy Stewart read a beautiful poem he wrote about his dog Beau on the Tonight Show, which I always think of when I hear a pet has died:


    • Cindy D
      Mar 05, 2012 @ 12:36:30

      [omigosh, I didn’t know it would put the whole video in there. You can delete that (and this)! Was just trying to put a link. 😀 ]


      • Beth Parker
        Mar 05, 2012 @ 13:46:38

        Oh no, Cindy. That’s perfectly okay. I enjoyed the video and someone else may like it, too. Thanks so much for coming by to comment on Shadow.

  5. Scriptor Obscura
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 10:24:56

    This is truly wonderful. What a nice gesture to do for a friend like that…And this is just the quote that I needed to hear today. Wow. I love this. By the way, I am just curious, have you ever had your art exhibited anywhere, or have you ever submitted it to any publications, competitions, etc? If not, you should. Your art deserves to have a wider audience. You are an excellent artist! 🙂


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 05, 2012 @ 13:57:46

      Awww, you just made my day… seriously! I have had art in our little arts council studio for a while and have sold a few pieces there. I’ve just been accepted into a new gallery opening next month, here in Eufaula. I haven’t submitted to any competitions for a long time. I don’t seem to be what they’re looking for most of the time. 🙂

      It’s so nice of you to tell me these things. **big grin**


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