Posts by Hope

Starting Walter’s Portrait

Posted by on Jan 13, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Starting Walter’s Portrait

Starting Walter’s Portrait After all the holiday deadlines, I’ve been taking a little time off from posting. Now I’m recharged and ready to share some of the paintings I’ve been working on. Meet Walter. He is a much beloved dog. Not only do his “parents” love him, but so do his “grandparents” who commissioned me to paint his portrait. I went right from sketch to this stage which ended up more finished than I expected. Sometimes it just happens that way....

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Finished Painting of a Bichon Frise

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Blog | 17 comments

Finished Painting of a Bichon Frise

Finished Painting of a Bichon Frise Toby the Bichon Frise by Hope Lane, 9″ x 12″ acrylic In painting Toby, my challenge was to capture the two distinct textures of his white fur–the soft curly lamb-like quality of his body coat and the top of his head–and the longer curly hair on his face. I used several brushes including an old beat up hog bristle I find useful for fleecy fur. There’s a lot more color than you’d think in painting white fur. I used lavender, turquoise and a smidge of pink as well as burnt umber and plenty of white. His human said that he was smart and he had a lot going on behind his eyes. So I spent a lot of time...

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A Sketch for Toby the Bichon’s Portrait

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

A Sketch for Toby the Bichon’s Portrait

A Sketch for Toby the Bichon’s Portrait Recently I was asked to do a painting of Toby, a little Bichon Frise who had passed away. I asked for a description of what made him special to his humans. I find that knowing this helps me in the painting process. Here’s what they said: “He was a very sweet, loving and smart dog.  There was much behind those eyes.  We described him as an old soul.  He listened to our every word and we felt he truly understood what we were saying. He was 16 years old when he passed” I started with preparing the sketch. We had a limited amount of photos to work with as is often the case in a memorial painting but there was...

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Little Boy Blue

Posted by on Nov 11, 2018 in Blog | 2 comments

Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue Little Boy Blue, 10″ x 8″, acrylics on panel, $299 with free shipping within the US. Available to the first Cavalier lover who contacts me by email at info@hopelaneart.com or by message on Facebook. I’ve been a poor poster for the past few weeks as I’m painting away to get all my Christmas commissions done. Since those are all surprises, I’m posting instead a new painting I completed recently of an adorable little King Charles Cavalier spaniel. I couldn’t resist painting the lovely expression on this sweet face. I’ve used a loose, expressive style of brushwork for a spontaneous expressive feeling....

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Finished Portrait of Morgan, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Blog | 7 comments

Finished Portrait of Morgan, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Finished Portrait of Morgan, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Morgan, 5″ x 7″ acrylic by Hope Lane I completed this painting by adjusting the background color to be more of a celadon. And of course, I fine tuned all the furry details. This is just a small painting–5″ x 7″ but it’s surprising how much detail you can put in such a small space when you use that teensy brush. I really enjoyed my opportunity to paint Morgan a second time, several years after the original portrait. Cavaliers have very human eyes and they make it a great deal of fun to paint their portraits. Update: Christmas is coming fast and my commission list for...

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