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Waldo’s Portrait, A Wedding Gift

Posted by on Oct 13, 2019 in Blog | 8 comments

Waldo’s Portrait, A Wedding Gift

Waldo’s Portrait, A Wedding Gift A few months ago, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of the daughter of my dear friend, whom I have known since I was 5. My gift to the new married couple was a pet portrait of their beloved Waldo, an adorable Goldendoodle. I created a pencil sketch from the photos I was provided and  I also added the cloudy sky background to add some drama. Then I scanned my sketch and merged the whole thing into a digital color proof that I find is a good tool for clients to get a clear idea of what the finished painting will look like. Before I started selling my paintings, my early career was in advertising where I became fluent...

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Finished Painting of a White Kitten

Posted by on Oct 5, 2019 in Blog | 12 comments

Finished Painting of a White Kitten

Finished Painting of a White Kitten White Kitten and Lilacs by Hope Lane, 14″ x 11″ oil I had a wonderful time completing the painting and working to get just the right softness on this sweet kitty. And oh those eyes! I’ve been working in oils this year more often as they offer more flexibility than acrylics in some paintings. They were perfect to use for this painting–between the soft cat fur, the drizzly rainy window and the purple lilacs.  I’m offering paper or canvas prints of this at my Etsy store. The original painting is also for sale so contact me if you’re interested. You can purchase various sizes of print by clicking...

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White Cat Painting Takes Shape

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

White Cat Painting Takes Shape

White Cat Painting Takes Shape In my last post, I showed you a very early stage of my process that I typically don’t share, but thought you might find interesting. Now that I’ve covered the whole canvas with some paint, this is the point I generally start sharing a painting. While it’s not refined, you can get a sense of where it’s going. I’m working in oils as it tends to be a bit softer looking overall–perfect I thought for this little white kitten. My studio is humming away as I head into the back end of the year with some exciting new paintings in the works that need to be finished by the holidays....

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How a Painting of a White Cat Starts

Posted by on Sep 8, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

How a Painting of a White Cat Starts

How a Painting of a White Cat Starts I thought it might be interesting to show the very earliest stage of one of my paintings–and it isn’t pretty. The inset shows my initial color sketch. I begin most of my paintings by laying down a solid color in acrylic–typically a raw sienna, burnt umber or raw umber depending on whether the painting will be warm or cool. I’ve already done a sketch so I know where it’s going, and in this case, transferred it using a white transfer paper to my panel. For this painting, I started to add my dark tones in a raw umber, and some of where the midtones will fall in a pthalo blue. Then I roughly brushed in where...

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Finished Painting of a Cavalier

Posted by on Aug 25, 2019 in Blog | 10 comments

Finished Painting of a Cavalier

Finished Painting of a Cavalier Lucy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Hope Lane, 12″ x 12″ acrylic This is the completed painting of Lucy with that little sparkle in her eye! Don’t you just love that “I want to play” look? Things are getting pretty busy around my studio these days. It’s hard to believe I’m already starting up the slope to holiday paintings when it’s still summer. I’ve started to warn potential clients that my reservation list is filling up fast but there’s still some room. If you’re interested please visit my website to get in touch, or drop me a line.  ...

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A Portrait of Lucy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Blog | 4 comments

A Portrait of Lucy

A Portrait of Lucy This sweet girl with the very mischievous look in her eye is Lucy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This is the basic rough in I did of her sitting on her leather chair....

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