Posts by Hope

Completed Portrait of Shanti the Pekingese

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Completed Portrait of Shanti the Pekingese

Completed Portrait of Shanti the Pekingese This is the finished painting of Shanti. I always take photos of my work for my records and for self promotion. This turned out to be a lucky thing as the original painting was lost after it was delivered to the client. The client asked me if I could paint it again–and unfortunately I had to say no. I truly do not believe that if I were to attempt to do the same painting twice, the second one would turn out well. I think it would lose the spontaneity and life. But what I was able to do was to have a canvas print made that was quite a bit larger than the original art. It wasn’t quite the same as an original...

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Working on Shanti the Pekingese

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in Blog | 3 comments

Working on Shanti the Pekingese

Working on Shanti the Pekingese This portrait is of little Shanti, who was much loved by her human who described her this way. “She was so patient. So gentle. So loving. Such a clown.” There are times when I’m painting that I forget to take photos of the early stage of a portrait. This can mean either of two things–it’s been going so well it came together more quickly than I realized OR it lingers in what I think of as “the ugly stage” where it’s not looking like I’d like anyone to see it yet. Shanti’s portrait came together very quickly. So instead of showing how it looked along the way, this photo is of where...

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Candy the Havanese Finished Pet Portrait

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Candy the Havanese Finished Pet Portrait

Candy the Havanese Finished Pet Portrait This is the completed painting of Candy. This turned out to be an almost mirror image of the original sketch which is not always the case. Sometimes things change as the painting moves along,but not this time. I love how the purple background allows her black and white fur to really stand out. The photo I used to create the painting around was shot with a flash–which is something I ask my clients to avoid. However in this case, I was able to compensate during the painting process. The Havanese is a breed I know pretty well (and love) and I paint many of them–my own little dog is a Havie!...

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Sketch for a Portrait of Candy the Havanese

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Blog | 4 comments

Sketch for a Portrait of Candy the Havanese

Sketch for a Portrait of Candy the Havanese I was looking through my photos to see which paintings I haven’t posted yet and I came across Candy’s. Her portrait was the result of a painting I donated to help raise funds to a Havanese Rescue group (HRI) for their annual auction. When Candy’s “mom” contacted me after winning the auction, she described  her Candy as “an 11 year old Havanese and her heart dog…She speaks to me with her eyes. They are the window to her soul and right back to mine. ” I knew after hearing that description, that Candy’s painting needed to focus on her eyes and convey how sweet she was. This...

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Finished Painting of Tucker the German Shepherd

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Blog | 6 comments

Finished Painting of Tucker the German Shepherd

Finished Painting of Tucker the German Shepherd Portrait of Tucker–30″ x 24″ acrylic on archival panel by Hope Lane By the time that I completed the painting, sadly Tucker had crossed the rainbow bridge. It wasn’t unexpected due to his ALS. I hoped for Tucker’s humans, that my painting would help keep the memory of his healthier days strong–when he would wander the mountains with his family....

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