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Simple Sketch for Ella the Yorkie

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Simple Sketch for Ella the Yorkie

Simple Sketch for Ella the Yorkie Ella is a cute little Yorkie whose portrait I was asked to create by a wonderful client of mine. Because it was to be a gift, I never really knew much about Ella as I didn’t speak with her owner and my client didn’t know her well. This isn’t my favorite way to begin a new commission. When I paint pet portraits, I always prefer starting off by asking the client to tell me what makes their pet special to them. I hear their quirks, their wonderfulness and often how they came to be adopted or found. Sadly sometimes how they have passed away too. I feel that by knowing a bit about the pet, it helps to make a better...

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Finished Painting of A Very Special Love

Posted by on Jul 21, 2019 in Blog | 5 comments

Finished Painting of A Very Special Love

Finished Painting of A Very Special Love “Love is the Bridge Between Two Hearts”, 20″ x 16″ oil on canvas, Hope Lane. Contact artist for sale information. This is the completed painting and I enjoyed every minute of working on it. I wanted to depict the unique love that exists between humans and animals by capturing the sweetness of the child kissing her dog, and the dog’s calm and patient expression. (Our pets certainly put up with a lot from us, don’t they?) The composition is deliberately off center which serves to draw the eye to the subjects by juxtaposing this against textured but empty space....

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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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