Elder Koda, By Anita Louise Art, Vietnam Hanoi Mission Mascot

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Elder Koda is a painting of one of my very dear furry friends – Koda. Koda has spent many days and nights staying at my house: I am proud to be called his Auntie Anita.

Elder Koda by Anita Louise Hummel is a painting of a purebred black poodle named Koda. Koda has lived the last three years in Hanoi, Vietnam, and has become the Hanoi Vietnam Mission mascot for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Elder Koda and HIs Portrait in Artist’s Studio While Painting Being Completed.

The Inspiration – Elder Koda By Anita Louise Hummel (2021)

Elder Kota by Anita Louise Hummel is an original painting of Koda, a black poodle I care for when his parents are out of town. Koda’s parents Ross and Carrie Chiles, came to Vietnam in 2018 to serve as mission presidents for the Hanoi Vietnam Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Koda is very familiar with Asia. He was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. He also came from a large and very active household of 6 children. He is greatly loved and considered by his family as the 7th child or 7th sibling.

Koda quickly became the Hanoi Vietnam mission mascot because Kota is an extremely loving and caring dog. In fact, he is a certified therapy dog. He would often instinctively understand when a young missionary was having a hard time or missing home, and he would go over to them so he could comfort them.

That is the kind of dog Koda is – a very loving and kind dog who instinctively understands when someone needs a little bit of an extra hug or love.

Elder Koda by Anita Louise Hummel

I painted Kota with glasses as he suffers from cataracts and had an eye operation. His vision is not as it once was. But despite that, he is always ready to go out for a walk or to explore someplace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

In fact, Kota always loves a good walk. He is happy to go and explore any place that you take him.

Koda also has a tie and missionary badge; elders or all the male missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will always wear a tie and missionary badge. As Koda is a male dog, I painted Koda as an “Elder Koda” with a missionary tie and missionary badge.

Elder Koda Pillow Cover by Anita Louise Hummel

About The Painting – Elder Koda By Anita Louise Hummel

This painting, Elder Koda, is a tribute to my furry friend Koda. Koda is returning with his parents to Taipei, Taiwan, where he will spend the rest of his days. I have really enjoyed being Auntie Anita to “Elder Koda.”

I have cherished the walks and times we have spent together. He has been my good friend and listened to me with any complaints. He became my sleeping buddy.

Here are some aspects of this Elder Koda oil painting:

  • Black Color – When you see Koda in person, he is entirely black. In fact we have a flashing vest we put on him when we walk him at night so that the cars and traffic can clearly see him. I added some indigo blue as part of the fur color and some browns. Koda has some slight brown tones in his fur color and some blue-black tones. As he has aged, his fur has also had some speckles of white hair.
  • Blue Eyes – I love blue eyes, and Koda actually has eyes that are blue. So, in this painting, I have painted him with his lovely blue eyes.
  • Green Glasses – I chose some brighter green glasses as I wanted them to stand out on his face. As Koda is always so nicely groomed, I think if he was human, he would always be trendy.
  • Gold Leaf – I love to use gold leaf with my oil paintings, so I have used some touches of gold leaf to Koda’s tie.
  • Missionary Badge – Like any good missionary, Elder Koda must also have his missionary badge. His badge is black and the same shape as the missionaries from The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints will wear.
  • Blue Background – I used a blue background as I did not want anything that distracted from his actual painting. I also felt like the blue color worked well with his black fur color.

Elder Koda was an enjoyable painting for me to paint. As I have a personal relationship with Koda so this made painting him very fun.

Elder Koda T Shirt by Anita Louise Hummel

You can purchase the print of the Elder Koda painting from Fine Art AmericaFine art America will allow you to purchase this as a printed frame with a matt and frame or canvas print. They offer a nice range of frame types, matt colors, and print sizes.

Fine Art America also offers a wide range of other products that you can use to print on for this artwork. You can find out more about buying Elder Koda by clicking here.  #ArtThatMakesYouSmile

If you would like to have Elder Koda printed on a notebook, facemasks, water bottle cup, or anything else, you can also purchase that from either Fine Art America or Red Bubble. You can find out more about Fine Art America by clicking here or Red Bubble by clicking here. They both offered you some great choices to print In Elder Koda on cards, notebooks, T-shirts, and products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Elder Koda, and why is he significant?

Elder Koda is a black poodle and the mascot for the Hanoi Vietnam Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He holds a special place in the hearts of the artist, Anita Louise Hummel, and his missionary parents, Ross and Carrie Chiles.

What inspired Anita Louise Hummel to create the painting “Elder Koda”?

Anita was inspired to create the painting as a tribute to her furry friend Koda, who served as a therapy dog in the Hanoi Vietnam Mission. The artwork reflects Koda’s personality and the special bond they share.

Why is Koda considered the Hanoi Vietnam Mission mascot?

Koda became the mission mascot due to his loving and caring nature. As a certified therapy dog, he intuitively comforted missionaries in times of difficulty, making him an integral part of the mission community.

Why is Koda depicted wearing glasses in the painting?

Koda wears glasses in the painting as he had cataracts and underwent an eye operation. Despite his vision impairment, Koda remains adventurous and always ready for walks and exploration.

What elements are included in the Elder Koda painting, and what do they symbolize?

The painting features Koda in black fur with blue eyes, green glasses, a missionary tie, and a missionary badge. Gold leaf accents highlight Koda’s tie. Each element symbolizes aspects of Koda’s physical appearance and his role as a missionary companion.

How can one purchase a print of the Elder Koda painting?

Prints of Elder Koda are available on Fine Art America, offering options like framed prints, canvas prints, and more. The artist suggests visiting the Fine Art America website for purchasing details.

Where else can Elder Koda’s artwork be printed on various products?

Apart from Fine Art America, products featuring Elder Koda’s artwork can also be purchased on Red Bubble. Items such as notebooks, face masks, water bottles, T-shirts, and more are available for customization.

What are the unique characteristics of the Elder Koda painting?

The painting incorporates a black background to focus on Koda, with touches of indigo blue and brown tones in his fur. Blue eyes, green glasses, gold leaf accents, and a missionary badge are distinctive features that capture Koda’s essence.

Why did Anita Louise Hummel choose specific colors and elements in the painting?

Anita chose colors and elements based on Koda’s actual appearance and personality. The artist aimed to create a visually appealing representation while staying true to Koda’s distinct features.

How can one engage with the artist, Anita Louise Hummel, and stay updated on her work?

Those interested in reaching out to the artist, sharing feedback, or staying updated on Anita Louise Hummel’s artwork can contact her through the provided link. Additionally, there is an option to sign up for the newsletter to be part of the community.

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