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Finished Painting of a Cavalier

Posted by on Apr 25, 2020 in Blog | 4 comments

Finished Painting of a Cavalier

Finished Painting of a Cavalier Jasper, A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 8″ x 8″ Acrylic by Hope Lane This is the finished pet portrait of Jasper. It’s small, just 8″ x 8″, but I think that was enough room to capture his sweet little face. The background color was chosen to match the color I used in a previous painting for this same client–so she would be able to hang the two same size square paintings next to each other. I try to take good photos or scans of all of my commissions. That way I have a good reference for work I’ve done before–and occasionally, I also have made printed items for clients using their painting. I...

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Starting a Painting of Jasper

Posted by on Apr 12, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

Starting a Painting of Jasper

Starting a Painting of Jasper A few years ago, I was asked to paint a portrait of Jackson, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who had just passed away. Recently Jackson’s humans contacted me again to paint a portrait of their new Cavalier pup, Jasper. It always makes me super happy when clients return for a second painting. What better compliment can there be? Jackson had been rather solemn looking but Jasper was a much younger dog–he could be a little mischief maker with a lot of spunk and energy. My photo shows a cross-section of what the original black and white drawing looked like contrasted with the first stage of painting....

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Finished Portrait of Three Havanese

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

Finished Portrait of Three Havanese

Finished Portrait of Three Havanese Gigi, Elmo and Trubble, 24″ x 18″ Oil by Hope Lane After completing Elmo, I went on the add the other two dogs, black and white Gigi, and little Trubble. I had to combine two photos for Gigi in order to show her white and black top knot. I particularly enjoyed painting Trubble, who looked just a little naughty, living up to her name. I then painted a lush green grassy background with a patch of light....

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Elmo, The First Little Havanese

Posted by on Mar 22, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Elmo, The First Little Havanese

Elmo, The First Little Havanese I started painting the portrait from the middle out. So the first little Havanese I worked on was Elmo, the mainly black pup with some white and gray in his fur. I’m working in oil for this painting and usually this means the overall effect is a bit softer than my acrylic paintings. Because the paint dries more slowly, you have time when the paint is more fluid, and easier to push around. Like most of you, I’m currently spending my time at home and practicing social distancing. One thing I’m thankful for, is that my social media feeds are almost entirely filled with pictures and posts of fabulous art by other artists and...

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Starting a Painting of Three Little Havanese

Posted by on Feb 23, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

Starting a Painting of Three Little Havanese

Starting a Painting of Three Little Havanese Once upon a time there were three little Havanese, Elmo, Gigi and Trubble. Elmo is a big boy and the “Number One Good Dog”…and supervisor of his little sisters. Gigi the big sister, is the smartest girl at her agility school and little Trubble is the forever baby, adorable and loves attention. This painting will be a larger one, and while the client had many great photos of her three dogs, I wanted to combine some different ones to create an image where all the dogs were looking at us. We also decided that placing them on a grassy background would work well. This is the photo composition sketch that I...

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Finished Portrait of Bentley the Chihuahua

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Finished Portrait of Bentley the Chihuahua

Finished Portrait of Bentley the Chihuahua Bentley, 8″ x 10″ Acrylic Painting by Hope Lane This is the completed painting of Bentley the Chihuahua, a small dog with a huge personality. I really loved painting his large expressive eyes and wonderful large ears....

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