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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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Ella the Yorkie Painting Finished

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Blog | 10 comments

Ella the Yorkie Painting Finished

Ella the Yorkie Painting Finished Ella, A Yorkshire Terrier, 8″ x 10″ acrylic by Hope Lane This is the completed painting of Ella in her pink rain jacket. Yorkies are an interesting dog breed to paint as they vary a lot–I’ve done at least four, and I don’t feel that any of them look quite the same as far as face and head shape, or coloring. Still no matter how they look, they are cute little things....

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Portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Blog | 9 comments

Portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier

Portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier This month has proven that I’m definitely in the wind up to the holidays, with quite a few commissions coming in. From this point on, I’ll get busier and busier until after Christmas. I’m also involved working on a wildlife new painting that’s very exciting. This is a detail showing the work on Ella’s portrait. It’s a small painting and it takes a teeny tiny brush. At this stage, the paint still has a translucent feeling more like watercolor than acrylic. I build up the layers of paint as I go.  ...

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Simple Sketch for Ella the Yorkie

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Simple Sketch for Ella the Yorkie

Simple Sketch for Ella the Yorkie Ella is a cute little Yorkie whose portrait I was asked to create by a wonderful client of mine. Because it was to be a gift, I never really knew much about Ella as I didn’t speak with her owner and my client didn’t know her well. This isn’t my favorite way to begin a new commission. When I paint pet portraits, I always prefer starting off by asking the client to tell me what makes their pet special to them. I hear their quirks, their wonderfulness and often how they came to be adopted or found. Sadly sometimes how they have passed away too. I feel that by knowing a bit about the pet, it helps to make a better...

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Finished Painting of A Very Special Love

Posted by on Jul 21, 2019 in Blog | 5 comments

Finished Painting of A Very Special Love

Finished Painting of A Very Special Love “Love is the Bridge Between Two Hearts”, 20″ x 16″ oil on canvas, Hope Lane. Contact artist for sale information. This is the completed painting and I enjoyed every minute of working on it. I wanted to depict the unique love that exists between humans and animals by capturing the sweetness of the child kissing her dog, and the dog’s calm and patient expression. (Our pets certainly put up with a lot from us, don’t they?) The composition is deliberately off center which serves to draw the eye to the subjects by juxtaposing this against textured but empty space....

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Painting in Progress

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

Painting in Progress

Painting in Progress This is a fairly early stage in my painting “Love is the Bridge”. I’ve started to apply shadows and midtones so my forms have volume. I’m working in alkyd oils on canvas which is not my usual surface, but was a requirement of the project. I tend to work a canvas overall, and then continue to refine the details, developing the entire painting as I go. I’ve often been fascinated by other artists who work differently, finishing completely one small area of the painting and then moving on to another. I know it works for them but I need to see the whole picture (no pun intended). ...

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