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Yellow Lab Painting Early Stages

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in Blog | 3 comments

Yellow Lab Painting Early Stages

Yellow Lab Painting Early Stages After laying down an undercoat of raw sienna to give an overall sunset golden tone to the painting, I started by roughing in everything with a big brush. Then (because I really like to get the eyes in first), I started to add detail to Tara’s face in subsequent passes of paint with a smaller brush. You can see how I’m trying to “build” her body visually by creating the shapes of the muscles and giving the volume. I’ve also implied roughly the direction of the fur patterns and the way it grows. You can’t create realistic looking animals without understanding what goes on under all that fur....

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Painting a Portrait From Multiple Photos

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Painting a Portrait From Multiple Photos

Painting a Portrait From Multiple Photos Tara was a sweet Lab, and a devoted hunting companion for her humans. I was asked to paint her a few weeks after she had passed away. The idea was to paint Tara in an environment that spoke to her love of duck hunting. But the photos we had of her were all we had to work with. In the end, I combined a photo of Tara with two other images of a marshy landscape and ducks flying overhead to create the sketch shown. I also used additional photos of other labs, to fill in some visual information that was missing in Tara’s photo when it came to details in the completed painting....

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Finished Portrait of Scarlett

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Blog | 8 comments

Finished Portrait of Scarlett

Finished Portrait of Scarlett Scarlett, 5″ x 7″ acrylic by Hope Lane This was the completed painting of Scarlett–it developed rather quickly so I didn’t have a chance to photograph it at the early stages. My photographic reference was fairly soft focus and painting is also quite loose in style for me. The photos I receive from my clients are critical to the way the final painting will turn out. Clear well-lit images turn out the best paintings especially for details. When a pet is still alive, if I don’t feel the supplied photos are clear enough or are missing some important visual info–I’ll ask my clients to shoot some more...

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Remembering Scarlett

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Remembering Scarlett

Remembering Scarlett The original sketch for approval. I wanted to post about this portrait for quite awhile–I originally painted it while I was mid-renovation, and as you can imagine, life was just a bit out of control then. When I first heard about Scarlett, she really sounded like a very special dog. It would be a smallish painting, just 5″ x 7″ so I planned to focus on her head and shoulders only.  Scarlett adored her family and was adored in return, and in their words…”She was incredibly loyal…staying on my bed as I recovered from numerous surgeries. My daughters’ friends – girls in their early 20s – often said...

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Completed Portrait of Shanti the Pekingese

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Completed Portrait of Shanti the Pekingese

Completed Portrait of Shanti the Pekingese This is the finished painting of Shanti. I always take photos of my work for my records and for self promotion. This turned out to be a lucky thing as the original painting was lost after it was delivered to the client. The client asked me if I could paint it again–and unfortunately I had to say no. I truly do not believe that if I were to attempt to do the same painting twice, the second one would turn out well. I think it would lose the spontaneity and life. But what I was able to do was to have a canvas print made that was quite a bit larger than the original art. It wasn’t quite the same as an original...

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Working on Shanti the Pekingese

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

Working on Shanti the Pekingese

Working on Shanti the Pekingese This portrait is of little Shanti, who was much loved by her human who described her this way. “She was so patient. So gentle. So loving. Such a clown.” There are times when I’m painting that I forget to take photos of the early stage of a portrait. This can mean either of two things–it’s been going so well it came together more quickly than I realized OR it lingers in what I think of as “the ugly stage” where it’s not looking like I’d like anyone to see it yet. Shanti’s portrait came together very quickly. So instead of showing how it looked along the way, this photo is of where...

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