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Detail from a Chihuahua painting

Posted by on Dec 29, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

Detail from a Chihuahua painting

Detail from a Chihuahua painting One of my very favorite things to paint are eyes–and a Chihuahua has wonderful large eyes that are somewhat prominent and round. That means they have lots of reflected light–and if a painting doesn’t imply that, then the eyes just won’t be convincing.  This is a detail from my portrait of Bentley....

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Working on a Painting of Bentley

Posted by on Dec 21, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Working on a Painting of Bentley

Working on a Painting of Bentley Sorry for the long delay in posting. It’s the holiday season and I’ve been working to deliver all my commissions in time. This is a midway stage of a portrait of Bentley. Bentley is a very special dog, and this painting was a gift to his human. He is a big personality in a small body, when walking the streets of his home town, he “has won over many storekeepers hearts…The shopkeepers would look out for Bentley and have treats waiting for him. He knew every shop. Walk in and get his treats.” The original photo’s background did not do Bentley justice–so after some discussion, I decided to place...

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Completed Portrait of a Goldendoodle

Posted by on Nov 3, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

Completed Portrait of a Goldendoodle

Completed Portrait of a Goldendoodle Waldo, the Goldendoodle by Hope Lane, 11″ x 14″ acrylic Many, many layers of paint and brushstrokes later, this is the finished painting of Waldo. I’ve sent it off to its new home and I hope it brings the newly married couple I gifted it to, much happiness....

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Waldo the Goldendoodle, Underpainting

Posted by on Oct 27, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Waldo the Goldendoodle, Underpainting

Waldo the Goldendoodle, Underpainting This is the first stage of painting Waldo’s portrait. My goal as to rough in the entire painting and start balancing the dark and light areas. I’m working in acrylic and I keep the paint thin at this point. In looking at it now–it almost looks a bit like a watercolor. This is about the time I will show one of my clients the painting so they can see the progress being made. Paintings can take quite a long time, so I like to let my clients know how things are going. Occassionally photos can be misleading as to color–a gray dog photographed in a warm incandescent light, might look more beige than gray. So this...

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Waldo’s Portrait, A Wedding Gift

Posted by on Oct 13, 2019 in Blog | 8 comments

Waldo’s Portrait, A Wedding Gift

Waldo’s Portrait, A Wedding Gift A few months ago, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of the daughter of my dear friend, whom I have known since I was 5. My gift to the new married couple was a pet portrait of their beloved Waldo, an adorable Goldendoodle. I created a pencil sketch from the photos I was provided and  I also added the cloudy sky background to add some drama. Then I scanned my sketch and merged the whole thing into a digital color proof that I find is a good tool for clients to get a clear idea of what the finished painting will look like. Before I started selling my paintings, my early career was in advertising where I became fluent...

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