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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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Detail from a Chihuahua painting

Posted by on Dec 29, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

Detail from a Chihuahua painting

Detail from a Chihuahua painting One of my very favorite things to paint are eyes–and a Chihuahua has wonderful large eyes that are somewhat prominent and round. That means they have lots of reflected light–and if a painting doesn’t imply that, then the eyes just won’t be convincing.  This is a detail from my portrait of Bentley....

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Working on a Painting of Bentley

Posted by on Dec 21, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Working on a Painting of Bentley

Working on a Painting of Bentley Sorry for the long delay in posting. It’s the holiday season and I’ve been working to deliver all my commissions in time. This is a midway stage of a portrait of Bentley. Bentley is a very special dog, and this painting was a gift to his human. He is a big personality in a small body, when walking the streets of his home town, he “has won over many storekeepers hearts…The shopkeepers would look out for Bentley and have treats waiting for him. He knew every shop. Walk in and get his treats.” The original photo’s background did not do Bentley justice–so after some discussion, I decided to place...

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