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Posts by Hope

Painting in Progress

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

Painting in Progress

Painting in Progress This is a fairly early stage in my painting “Love is the Bridge”. I’ve started to apply shadows and midtones so my forms have volume. I’m working in alkyd oils on canvas which is not my usual surface, but was a requirement of the project. I tend to work a canvas overall, and then continue to refine the details, developing the entire painting as I go. I’ve often been fascinated by other artists who work differently, finishing completely one small area of the painting and then moving on to another. I know it works for them but I need to see the whole picture (no pun intended). ...

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Sketch for a New Painting

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

Sketch for a New Painting

Sketch for a New Painting This is the sketch for a project I was given to create a painting for the theme of “Bridges” for an art show. The concept was pretty wide open. In thinking about what I might do, I discovered the phrase “Love is the bridge between two hearts.” and that provided the inspiration for my sketch. While many of you have seen my animal paintings, I also love to paint people, especially children. This project was entirely up to me, so I decided I would incorporate a child in a painting that would illustrate the love between human and animal companion and the bridge that forms. I tend to keep my sketches clean and basic, a...

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Finished Portrait of Molly the Havanese

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Blog | 39 comments

Finished Portrait of Molly the Havanese

Finished Portrait of Molly the Havanese Molly the Havanese, 9″ x 12″ acrylic by Hope Lane, www.hopelaneart.com This is the completed painting that I did of Molly. I ended up replacing the knee of the person she was sitting on in the original photo with a rocky ledge and a nice deep green outdoors background. With any Havanese, the challenge is to get the texture of their fur just right–and they do vary. (I know because I have one). Some dogs are silkier and some have a curlier cottony texture. Molly was a bit of both. She was such fun to paint, and I know her portrait was a hit given what her human said… “We received the painting today and...

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A Special Painting For A Father

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

A Special Painting For A Father

A Special Painting For A Father A few years ago, I painted a portrait for a family that comes to mind this Fathers Day. It was a gift from three children to their father, who’s beloved German Shepherd had just been diagnosed with ALS and would soon be gone. The father and the dog would hike the mountains together, and they wanted to create a memory of those special times for when the dog would be gone. Their story really touched me, and  painting this for them is one of the paintings I’m proudest of....

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Starting to Paint Molly the Havanese

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Blog | 5 comments

Starting to Paint Molly the Havanese

Starting to Paint Molly the Havanese Meet Molly, a Havanese I recently painted. Molly is a 3 year old Havanese.  She is very sweet, happy, and loving and she’s very attached to her family. They spoil her every chance they get. This photo is of the first rough stage of painting. One of the initial challenges was that the photo I wanted to work from was a shot of Molly sitting on a person’s knee. As including a partial knee wouldn’t really make the painting better, I had to find a different answer. As the client wanted Molly shown outdoors, I decided to make Molly look as if she were resting on some stone in a green setting. The other challenge would be...

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