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Candy the Havanese Finished Pet Portrait

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Candy the Havanese Finished Pet Portrait

Candy the Havanese Finished Pet Portrait This is the completed painting of Candy. This turned out to be an almost mirror image of the original sketch which is not always the case. Sometimes things change as the painting moves along,but not this time. I love how the purple background allows her black and white fur to really stand out. The photo I used to create the painting around was shot with a flash–which is something I ask my clients to avoid. However in this case, I was able to compensate during the painting process. The Havanese is a breed I know pretty well (and love) and I paint many of them–my own little dog is a Havie!...

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Sketch for a Portrait of Candy the Havanese

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Blog | 4 comments

Sketch for a Portrait of Candy the Havanese

Sketch for a Portrait of Candy the Havanese I was looking through my photos to see which paintings I haven’t posted yet and I came across Candy’s. Her portrait was the result of a painting I donated to help raise funds to a Havanese Rescue group (HRI) for their annual auction. When Candy’s “mom” contacted me after winning the auction, she described  her Candy as “an 11 year old Havanese and her heart dog…She speaks to me with her eyes. They are the window to her soul and right back to mine. ” I knew after hearing that description, that Candy’s painting needed to focus on her eyes and convey how sweet she was. This...

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Finished Painting of Tucker the German Shepherd

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Blog | 6 comments

Finished Painting of Tucker the German Shepherd

Finished Painting of Tucker the German Shepherd Portrait of Tucker–30″ x 24″ acrylic on archival panel by Hope Lane By the time that I completed the painting, sadly Tucker had crossed the rainbow bridge. It wasn’t unexpected due to his ALS. I hoped for Tucker’s humans, that my painting would help keep the memory of his healthier days strong–when he would wander the mountains with his family....

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German Shepherd Painting at the Rough Underpainting Stage

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

German Shepherd Painting at the Rough Underpainting Stage

German Shepherd Painting at the Rough Underpainting Stage I started this painting by brushing a thin layer of raw sienna across the entire panel to give a subtle under glow similar to the photo which was probably taken late in the afternoon. This helps to unify the painting as well–which will be important as Tucker’s face is very much on a separate plane to the mountains. Using a toned background is something that most viewers won’t actively notice but it does help keep a painting cohesive. I then traced my sketch onto the panel and painted the darkest areas in burnt umber. Once I had everything roughed in–I started by painting the background...

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Sometimes It Breaks Your Heart

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Sometimes It Breaks Your Heart

Sometimes It Breaks Your Heart Awhile ago I was asked to create a large portrait of a German Shepherd named Tucker. It was to be a gift to a father from his children. Tucker was his constant companion as they hiked the Colorado mountains together. But the reason for the gift was that Tucker had ALS and didn’t have long to go–and they wanted to create a lasting image to preserve the memory of those hikes for after he was gone. Painting rainbow bridge and memorial portraits is part of being a pet portrait artist–and I am honored that I can help my clients through my art to deal with grief and to create something that allows them to remember their beloved...

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Finished Painting of Bosley the Beagle

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Finished Painting of Bosley the Beagle Many layered brushstrokes later–This is the completed painting. I hope it helps to give Bosley’s humans a lovely memory of him and his happy puppy smile. Bosley, 11″ x 14″ acrylic by Hope Lane...

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