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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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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┬áBorn 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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