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Finished Portrait of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Named Mack

Posted by on Jun 1, 2019 in Blog | 13 comments

Finished Portrait of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Named Mack

Finished Portrait of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Named Mack Mack the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by Hope Lane, 11″ x 14, acrylic on archival panel I loved painting Mack with those big soulful eyes looking straight out at you. But I breathed a big sigh of relief when the background pattern was completed. While I love painting complex fur (like the flip of Mack’s plumey white tail), painting patterns and type are a bit more daunting. Still here we are at the end of the painting, and I and my client are happy with how it turned out....

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Beginning the Cavalier Painting

Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Beginning the Cavalier Painting

Beginning the Cavalier Painting My goal when I started this painting was to get the entire canvas (or in my case, a panel) covered with paint. I knew with the complexity of the pattern in the chair, I needed to get the whole thing blocked in at one time so my colors stayed consistent. My client had also asked me to replace the original light blue pillow at the left, with a matching fabric–so I invented that. Once everything was covered with a first layer of paint, I started the fun part, working on Mack. Cavaliers have wonderful big eyes and very distinctive noses–so that’s where I focused my efforts first....

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Sketch for a Painting of Mack

Posted by on May 2, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

Sketch for a Painting of Mack

Sketch for a Painting of Mack This is the sketch I prepared for a portrait of Mack. He’s a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is now about 12 years old.  He’s very, very special. His human family just adore him, and he’s so sensitive, he knows when one of them is sad or not feeling well, and always tries to comfort them. He’s a perfect example of what makes our beloved pets so amazing. It was very important to his person that I paint him on the setting of this chair. I have to admit–a pattern this complex had me a bit scared. But as it was important to her–so I agreed to try. On a personal note: I’ve been traveling for...

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Completed Painting of a Golden Doodle

Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

Completed Painting of a Golden Doodle

Completed Painting of a Golden Doodle Charlie the Golden Doodle by Hope Lane, 8″ x 10″ acrylic on archival panel Don’t you just love that happy smile? It was such fun painting Charlie’s portrait which was commissioned by his “grandparents”. I really enjoyed trying to capture the different textures in his fur, from the straight hair around his face to the soft waviness of his body coat. A little bit of poodle and a dash of golden retriever for sure. His painting is now in its new home, up in Canada where he lives with his “folks”....

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Starting a painting of Charlie the Golden Doodle

Posted by on Mar 2, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

Starting a painting of Charlie the Golden Doodle

Starting a painting of Charlie the Golden Doodle I was asked to paint another much beloved “grand-dog”. Charlie is a lovely Golden Doodle with an infectious smile. After a very good first day of painting–this is the initial roughed in stage. It came together much faster than I expected. It’s a small painting, just 8″ x 10″ in acrylic. It’s going to be a gift for Charlie’s “parents”....

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Howling Wolf, the Finished Painting

Posted by on Feb 24, 2019 in Blog | 6 comments

Howling Wolf, the Finished Painting

Howling Wolf, the Finished Painting Howling Wolf by Hope Lane, 12″ x 16″, oil Many many layers of oil paint brushstrokes later, this painting is complete. What a pleasure to paint this beautiful animal. I have several other wildlife paintings that I am also working on, and will post them as they develop. They will all be available for sale so if you’re interested–please feel free to get in touch either through my Facebook page or my website contact form....

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