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First Stage of Wolf Painting

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

First Stage of Wolf Painting

First Stage of Wolf Painting I got started by laying down a background tint of raw umber and then transferred my drawing using white transfer paper. Working in oils, I started by roughing in the misty forest background and then went on to placing the first colors in the wolf’s fur. I want the wolf to be warm against a cool toned background so I’m using a warm purple in the areas my white fur will be. With the white lines still showing through–I ought to call this “Ghost Wolf”....

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Painting Wolves

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

Painting Wolves

Painting Wolves I’m going to show you something a bit different than what you’ve seen before from me. I’ve been working on a series of paintings that feature wolves in them. These paintings aren’t commissions but part of a body of work I’m developing for sales and art prints. This is the sketch for the first in the series....

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Finished Portrait of Walter, a Rescue

Posted by on Feb 2, 2019 in Blog | 5 comments

Finished Portrait of Walter, a Rescue

Finished Portrait of Walter, a Rescue Walter, a Rescue by Hope Lane. 8″ x 10″Acrylic This is the completed painting of a very special boy named Walter. I had a lot of fun trying to capture his sweet smile. His “grandmom” told me “Walter was rescued from a field in South Carolina with his littermates. He was very skinny and skittish and afraid of all dogs, people and cars. [His parents] worked very hard to socialize him and make him comfortable. He is truly a loved member of the whole family.” And now Walter has a brand new addition to his family–a baby human brother to play with....

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Starting Walter’s Portrait

Posted by on Jan 13, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Starting Walter’s Portrait

Starting Walter’s Portrait After all the holiday deadlines, I’ve been taking a little time off from posting. Now I’m recharged and ready to share some of the paintings I’ve been working on. Meet Walter. He is a much beloved dog. Not only do his “parents” love him, but so do his “grandparents” who commissioned me to paint his portrait. I went right from sketch to this stage which ended up more finished than I expected. Sometimes it just happens that way....

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Finished Painting of a Bichon Frise

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Blog | 17 comments

Finished Painting of a Bichon Frise

Finished Painting of a Bichon Frise Toby the Bichon Frise by Hope Lane, 9″ x 12″ acrylic In painting Toby, my challenge was to capture the two distinct textures of his white fur–the soft curly lamb-like quality of his body coat and the top of his head–and the longer curly hair on his face. I used several brushes including an old beat up hog bristle I find useful for fleecy fur. There’s a lot more color than you’d think in painting white fur. I used lavender, turquoise and a smidge of pink as well as burnt umber and plenty of white. His human said that he was smart and he had a lot going on behind his eyes. So I spent a lot of time...

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A Sketch for Toby the Bichon’s Portrait

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

A Sketch for Toby the Bichon’s Portrait

A Sketch for Toby the Bichon’s Portrait Recently I was asked to do a painting of Toby, a little Bichon Frise who had passed away. I asked for a description of what made him special to his humans. I find that knowing this helps me in the painting process. Here’s what they said: “He was a very sweet, loving and smart dog.  There was much behind those eyes.  We described him as an old soul.  He listened to our every word and we felt he truly understood what we were saying. He was 16 years old when he passed” I started with preparing the sketch. We had a limited amount of photos to work with as is often the case in a memorial painting but there was...

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