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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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Halfway Through a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Portrait

Posted by on Oct 7, 2018 in Blog | 2 comments

Halfway Through a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Portrait

Halfway Through a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Portrait I’m about halfway through Morgan’s portrait. Nearly all of my paintings go through a dark and harsh stage on their way to completion. I paint dark to light–so they get lighter and lighter as I lay on more paint. But I also tend to paint shape and structure first–then soften it as I go. I feel you can’t paint a realistic animal–or in fact any subject, without first understanding the underlying shapes. This means that under all that pretty fur, there needs to be a visual understanding of muscles and bones. I’m always working to improve my knowledge of this. From this stage...

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Painting Morgan a Second Time

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in Blog | 3 comments

Painting Morgan a Second Time

Painting Morgan a Second Time I’ve been painting pet portraits professionally for quite awhile. In fact, I established my Facebook page Hope Lane Pet Portraits, back in 2012 which was when I was first starting out. One of my earliest portraits was of a little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Morgan. She was a young dog and I painted her on a warm red background. This year Morgan’s parents got back in touch for a second painting for their vacation home. Now six years later, Morgan is an adult dog–and it’s a wonderful opportunity to paint her again and try to capture the difference. This is the new sketch side by side with the original painting...

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Finished Portrait of Kitty

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in Blog | 3 comments

Finished Portrait of Kitty

Finished Portrait of Kitty 12″ x 12″ acrylic painting by Hope Lane This is the completed painting of a lovely tuxedo cat named Kitty. It was so much fun to work on this painting. I tend to do many more dog portraits than cat ones–and I enjoy trying to capture all the differences in facial structure and fur texture. It would probably be just as much fun to paint a rabbit, hamster, pig or horse but none of come my way so far. I’m always looking for a new challenge so feel free to contact me about any ideas you have....

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