Posts by Hope

A Special Painting For A Father

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

A Special Painting For A Father

A Special Painting For A Father A few years ago, I painted a portrait for a family that comes to mind this Fathers Day. It was a gift from three children to their father, who’s beloved German Shepherd had just been diagnosed with ALS and would soon be gone. The father and the dog would hike the mountains together, and they wanted to create a memory of those special times for when the dog would be gone. Their story really touched me, and  painting this for them is one of the paintings I’m proudest of....

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Starting to Paint Molly the Havanese

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

Starting to Paint Molly the Havanese

Starting to Paint Molly the Havanese Meet Molly, a Havanese I recently painted. Molly is a 3 year old Havanese.  She is very sweet, happy, and loving and she’s very attached to her family. They spoil her every chance they get. This photo is of the first rough stage of painting. One of the initial challenges was that the photo I wanted to work from was a shot of Molly sitting on a person’s knee. As including a partial knee wouldn’t really make the painting better, I had to find a different answer. As the client wanted Molly shown outdoors, I decided to make Molly look as if she were resting on some stone in a green setting. The other challenge would be...

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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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