Posts by Hope

Completed Portrait of Tara, the Yellow Lab

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Completed Portrait of Tara, the Yellow Lab

Completed Portrait of Tara, the Yellow Lab Tara, A Yellow Labrador Retriever. 11″ x 14″ Acrylic by Hope Lane This is the finished portrait of Tara. I like the way the overall autumn coloring played out in the portrait–I had chosen to go for this because of the marshland setting which, to my mind, looks it’s best in autumn where reds and oranges dominate. I echoed the colors of the grasses in Tara’s fur–especially the shadow areas. I used the compliment of orange, a blue tone, to highlight the lighter areas of her face and body. Using a complimentary color scheme helps the painting to become vibrant and alive. I was so happy to be able...

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Yellow Lab Painting Early Stages

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in Blog | 3 comments

Yellow Lab Painting Early Stages

Yellow Lab Painting Early Stages After laying down an undercoat of raw sienna to give an overall sunset golden tone to the painting, I started by roughing in everything with a big brush. Then (because I really like to get the eyes in first), I started to add detail to Tara’s face in subsequent passes of paint with a smaller brush. You can see how I’m trying to “build” her body visually by creating the shapes of the muscles and giving the volume. I’ve also implied roughly the direction of the fur patterns and the way it grows. You can’t create realistic looking animals without understanding what goes on under all that fur....

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Painting a Portrait From Multiple Photos

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Painting a Portrait From Multiple Photos

Painting a Portrait From Multiple Photos Tara was a sweet Lab, and a devoted hunting companion for her humans. I was asked to paint her a few weeks after she had passed away. The idea was to paint Tara in an environment that spoke to her love of duck hunting. But the photos we had of her were all we had to work with. In the end, I combined a photo of Tara with two other images of a marshy landscape and ducks flying overhead to create the sketch shown. I also used additional photos of other labs, to fill in some visual information that was missing in Tara’s photo when it came to details in the completed painting....

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Finished Portrait of Scarlett

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Blog | 8 comments

Finished Portrait of Scarlett

Finished Portrait of Scarlett Scarlett, 5″ x 7″ acrylic by Hope Lane This was the completed painting of Scarlett–it developed rather quickly so I didn’t have a chance to photograph it at the early stages. My photographic reference was fairly soft focus and painting is also quite loose in style for me. The photos I receive from my clients are critical to the way the final painting will turn out. Clear well-lit images turn out the best paintings especially for details. When a pet is still alive, if I don’t feel the supplied photos are clear enough or are missing some important visual info–I’ll ask my clients to shoot some more...

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Remembering Scarlett

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Remembering Scarlett

Remembering Scarlett The original sketch for approval. I wanted to post about this portrait for quite awhile–I originally painted it while I was mid-renovation, and as you can imagine, life was just a bit out of control then. When I first heard about Scarlett, she really sounded like a very special dog. It would be a smallish painting, just 5″ x 7″ so I planned to focus on her head and shoulders only.  Scarlett adored her family and was adored in return, and in their words…”She was incredibly loyal…staying on my bed as I recovered from numerous surgeries. My daughters’ friends – girls in their early 20s – often said...

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