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Posts by Hope

How a Painting of a White Cat Starts

Posted by on Sep 8, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

How a Painting of a White Cat Starts

How a Painting of a White Cat Starts I thought it might be interesting to show the very earliest stage of one of my paintings–and it isn’t pretty. The inset shows my initial color sketch. I begin most of my paintings by laying down a solid color in acrylic–typically a raw sienna, burnt umber or raw umber depending on whether the painting will be warm or cool. I’ve already done a sketch so I know where it’s going, and in this case, transferred it using a white transfer paper to my panel. For this painting, I started to add my dark tones in a raw umber, and some of where the midtones will fall in a pthalo blue. Then I roughly brushed in where...

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Finished Painting of a Cavalier

Posted by on Aug 25, 2019 in Blog | 10 comments

Finished Painting of a Cavalier

Finished Painting of a Cavalier Lucy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Hope Lane, 12″ x 12″ acrylic This is the completed painting of Lucy with that little sparkle in her eye! Don’t you just love that “I want to play” look? Things are getting pretty busy around my studio these days. It’s hard to believe I’m already starting up the slope to holiday paintings when it’s still summer. I’ve started to warn potential clients that my reservation list is filling up fast but there’s still some room. If you’re interested please visit my website to get in touch, or drop me a line.  ...

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A Portrait of Lucy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Blog | 4 comments

A Portrait of Lucy

A Portrait of Lucy This sweet girl with the very mischievous look in her eye is Lucy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This is the basic rough in I did of her sitting on her leather chair....

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Ella the Yorkie Painting Finished

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Blog | 10 comments

Ella the Yorkie Painting Finished

Ella the Yorkie Painting Finished Ella, A Yorkshire Terrier, 8″ x 10″ acrylic by Hope Lane This is the completed painting of Ella in her pink rain jacket. Yorkies are an interesting dog breed to paint as they vary a lot–I’ve done at least four, and I don’t feel that any of them look quite the same as far as face and head shape, or coloring. Still no matter how they look, they are cute little things....

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Portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Blog | 9 comments

Portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier

Portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier This month has proven that I’m definitely in the wind up to the holidays, with quite a few commissions coming in. From this point on, I’ll get busier and busier until after Christmas. I’m also involved working on a wildlife new painting that’s very exciting. This is a detail showing the work on Ella’s portrait. It’s a small painting and it takes a teeny tiny brush. At this stage, the paint still has a translucent feeling more like watercolor than acrylic. I build up the layers of paint as I go.  ...

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