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Finished Painting of Kona the Poodle

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Blog | 6 comments

Finished Painting of Kona the Poodle

Finished Painting of Kona the Standard Poodle 8″ x 8″ acrylic by Hope Lane Kona’s portrait came together smoothly. I needed to be cautious with balancing the subtle colors in her fur as she had warmer tones in her ears and was a bit more grey in the rest of her fur. I handled this with a little judicious glazing. I haven’t painted a poodle in a long time so i enjoyed painting Kona. I grew up with poodles (minis) and love their sensitivity, intelligence and empathy. My own first dog was a little apricot toy poodle named Peaches who was with me for 17 years. I still miss her. Hopefully my poodle fondness helped make this painting a little more...

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Sketch for a Poodle Portrait

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Sketch for a Poodle Portrait

Sketch for a Poodle Portrait Earlier this year, I donated a small custom pet portrait to be auctioned in support of the Born Free Pet Shelter. I do a few of these each year to a limited number of rescue groups. Unfortunately I have to turn down far more requests than I can help–as each painting, even the small ones, takes many hours to complete. This painting would be an 8″ x 8″ of a lovely Standard Poodle named Kona. She is an elegant lady with lovely chocolate coloring. This was the sketch I submitted that was approved to move forward. Below is an alternate sketch I also created, a little more dramatic I felt, that shows Kona in profile. I would have...

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Completed Painting of Pepe, the Chihuahua

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in Blog | 3 comments

Completed Painting of Pepe, the Chihuahua

Completed Painting of Pepe, the Chihuahua Pepe, 10″ x 8″ Acrylic by Hope Lane The finished portrait of sweet little Pepe. I had a lot of fun painting this–from his big eyes looking up at you to the shag carpeting he’s resting on. Thank you to my client Patricia for letting me paint her boy a second time....

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Chihuahua Painting Moving Along

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in Blog | 5 comments

Chihuahua Painting Moving Along

Chihuahua Painting Moving Along I’ve completed a full rough in of Pepe’s portrait and my panel is fully covered with paint. I’ve started to add the details to his little face which is coming along pretty well. He’s lying on a soft blue shaggy thing–and I’m wondering just how that’s going to look once it’s painted....

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Pepe the Chihuahua, a Second Time

Posted by on May 26, 2018 in Blog | 2 comments

Pepe the Chihuahua, a Second Time

Pepe the Chihuahua, a Second Time Back in 2013, I painted little Pepe, a long-haired Chihuahua, as the result of a donated painting I made to a Pet Rescue group that year. Recently I was asked to paint a new portrait of Pepe who is “feisty, though sweet, comical and quite a personality”.  His first portrait showed a little of his assertive spirit–this time I wanted to capture his sweeter side. After laying in some broad swathes of color–I started with those big eyes looking up at you. The effect at this stage is slightly eerie as they got pretty realistic awfully quickly–and seem to be staring out of the canvas. I’m really happy to be...

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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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