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A Dog of Summer

A Dog of Summer

Grover the Cockapoo, 8" x 10" acrylic by Hope Lane www.hopelaneart.com During the dog days of summer, my thoughts turn to, well, dogs. I did this painting of Grover the Cockapoo several years ago and thought I'd reshare it. I loved trying to catch that end of the day...

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Finished Painting of a Shiba Inu

Finished Painting of a Shiba Inu

Brenda the Shiba Inu by Hope Lane 18" x 18" oil www.hopelaneart.com I had a great time completing this commissioned portrait of Brenda, with her spiffy pink collar and "don't mess with me" attitude. I was super happy with how this little Shiba Inu girl came out. When...

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Painting Brenda the Shiba Inu

Painting Brenda the Shiba Inu

Meet Brenda, a sassy little girl who just happens to belong to my niece. This is the first stage of painting for a 18" x 18" oil portrait that is a long delayed birthday gift. I started this Shiba Inu portrait by creating a pencil sketch which I transfered to my...

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Finished Portrait of Pac, a Black Lab

Finished Portrait of Pac, a Black Lab

Pac, A Black Labrador Retriever by Hope Lane, 9" x 12" acrylic www.hopelaneart.com The final commissioned painting is a long step from my last photo. You can't actually see the bright yellow background I first put in, but trust me, it made a difference in how lively...

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Painting a Black Lab, Underpainting

Painting a Black Lab, Underpainting

I started my painting of Pac the Black Lab by switching it up a bit. I laid down a layer of yellow ocher paint as a complementary color (meaning the opposite) to what would be a predominantly blue and green painting. This can add a certain energy and vibrance to a...

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Sketch for a Painting of a Black Lab

Sketch for a Painting of a Black Lab

This beautiful boy is a black Lab named Pac. I was contacted by a previous client, his "mom", to create a new painting as a gift. Pac is an outdoor dog who goes hunting with his human, so placing him in his environment was important. Only problem was, the photos we...

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The Contest Winner Finished Portrait

The Contest Winner Finished Portrait

Theodore, 8" x 8" Acrylic by Hope Lane After turning to my tiniest brushes, I finished this little painting of Theodore, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. When I run a contest to give away a painting, I never quite know what my winner will look like. It's part of the...

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A Portrait of a Cavalier, In Progress

A Portrait of a Cavalier, In Progress

I was lucky with my painting of Theodore--my first stages of painting came together quickly with a resemblance. You never know if this will happen or not. A lot of paintings start out with the uglies and don't come together until later on. The trickiest part of this...

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