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Sometimes It Breaks Your Heart

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Sometimes It Breaks Your Heart

Sometimes It Breaks Your Heart Awhile ago I was asked to create a large portrait of a German Shepherd named Tucker. It was to be a gift to a father from his children. Tucker was his constant companion as they hiked the Colorado mountains together. But the reason for the gift was that Tucker had ALS and didn’t have long to go–and they wanted to create a lasting image to preserve the memory of those hikes for after he was gone. Painting rainbow bridge and memorial portraits is part of being a pet portrait artist–and I am honored that I can help my clients through my art to deal with grief and to create something that allows them to remember their beloved...

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Finished Painting of Bosley the Beagle

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Finished Painting of Bosley the Beagle Many layered brushstrokes later–This is the completed painting. I hope it helps to give Bosley’s humans a lovely memory of him and his happy puppy smile. Bosley, 11″ x 14″ acrylic by Hope Lane...

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Dog Smiles and Beagle Memories

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Dog Smiles and Beagle Memories

Dog Smiles and Beagle Memories It’s always busy right around the holidays for a pet portrait artist–and I’ve been slow to post because I’ve been getting my holiday work out the door. I’ve shipped off the final painting so now I can take a breath and…share. This sweet face belonged to Bosley, a beagle who sadly is no longer with us. One look at his smile and I could see why his humans loved him so much. His memorial portrait was a special gift from husband to wife. This is a photo of an early painting stage. It’s a good example of how I start most of my paintings by trying to get my basic darks and lights established–and to...

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Finished Painting of Kendall the Aussiepoo

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Finished Painting of Kendall the Aussiepoo

Finished Painting of Kendall the Aussiepoo The finished painting–look at those eyes.  12″ x 12″ acrylic on archival panel by Hope Lane https://hopelaneart.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/HopeLaneArt #hopelaneart...

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Working on an Aussiepoo Portrait

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Working on an Aussiepoo Portrait

Working on an Aussiepoo Portrait My painting of Kendall the Aussiepoo is pretty far along, especially in the white areas of fur. There’s still most of the background to complete though. I also want to let you know I’ve just started posting on Instagram. Please follow me there at #hopelaneart...

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Starting Kendall the Aussiepoo’s Portrait

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Starting Kendall the Aussiepoo’s Portrait This is the start to the companion painting to Kole’s portrait that I showed last week. It will be the same size–12″ x 12″. And I’ve chosen a background that should use the same colors and generally be harmonious to the previous painting. Kendall has totally amazing blue eyes and I couldn’t wait to paint them–so they were my starting point. I generally work my pet portraits from dark to light by laying down a base of the darkest tone in each color area. Then I layer progressively lighter colored strokes on top....

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