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Finished Portrait of Morgan, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Blog | 7 comments

Finished Portrait of Morgan, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Finished Portrait of Morgan, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Morgan, 5″ x 7″ acrylic by Hope Lane I completed this painting by adjusting the background color to be more of a celadon. And of course, I fine tuned all the furry details. This is just a small painting–5″ x 7″ but it’s surprising how much detail you can put in such a small space when you use that teensy brush. I really enjoyed my opportunity to paint Morgan a second time, several years after the original portrait. Cavaliers have very human eyes and they make it a great deal of fun to paint their portraits. Update: Christmas is coming fast and my commission list for...

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Halfway Through a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Portrait

Posted by on Oct 7, 2018 in Blog | 2 comments

Halfway Through a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Portrait

Halfway Through a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Portrait I’m about halfway through Morgan’s portrait. Nearly all of my paintings go through a dark and harsh stage on their way to completion. I paint dark to light–so they get lighter and lighter as I lay on more paint. But I also tend to paint shape and structure first–then soften it as I go. I feel you can’t paint a realistic animal–or in fact any subject, without first understanding the underlying shapes. This means that under all that pretty fur, there needs to be a visual understanding of muscles and bones. I’m always working to improve my knowledge of this. From this stage...

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Painting Morgan a Second Time

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in Blog | 3 comments

Painting Morgan a Second Time

Painting Morgan a Second Time I’ve been painting pet portraits professionally for quite awhile. In fact, I established my Facebook page Hope Lane Pet Portraits, back in 2012 which was when I was first starting out. One of my earliest portraits was of a little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Morgan. She was a young dog and I painted her on a warm red background. This year Morgan’s parents got back in touch for a second painting for their vacation home. Now six years later, Morgan is an adult dog–and it’s a wonderful opportunity to paint her again and try to capture the difference. This is the new sketch side by side with the original painting...

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Finished Portrait of Kitty

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in Blog | 3 comments

Finished Portrait of Kitty

Finished Portrait of Kitty 12″ x 12″ acrylic painting by Hope Lane This is the completed painting of a lovely tuxedo cat named Kitty. It was so much fun to work on this painting. I tend to do many more dog portraits than cat ones–and I enjoy trying to capture all the differences in facial structure and fur texture. It would probably be just as much fun to paint a rabbit, hamster, pig or horse but none of come my way so far. I’m always looking for a new challenge so feel free to contact me about any ideas you have....

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Midway Through Tuxedo Cat Painting

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Midway Through Tuxedo Cat Painting

Midway Through Tuxedo Cat Painting I’ve completed laying in the first layer of paint on Kitty’s portrait, and am starting into the detail work. Of course I started with the eyes and am working my way out from them. Cat eyes are so incredible to paint–all those colors to play with. There’s a lot more to do but I’m underway for sure....

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Sketch for Kitty’s Portrait

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

Sketch for Kitty’s Portrait

Sketch for Kitty’s Portrait I was asked to create a painting as a gift to remember Kitty, a beloved tuxedo cat who is no longer with us. While I’ve painted quite a few cats, I’ve painted far more dogs, so I always find it interesting how different they are to paint. Hair texture, eyes and face structure are all entirely distinct from a dog’s. My biggest challenge was that the photo I had to work from had areas that were entirely washed out so all the detail was missing. But when I have a rainbow bridge painting–because there can be no new photos, I do my best to fill in the missing information by research. So I ended up pulling lots of...

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