Finished Portrait of Scarlett

Scarlett, 5″ x 7″ acrylic by Hope Lane

This was the completed painting of Scarlett–it developed rather quickly so I didn’t have a chance to photograph it at the early stages. My photographic reference was fairly soft focus and painting is also quite loose in style for me. The photos I receive from my clients are critical to the way the final painting will turn out. Clear well-lit images turn out the best paintings especially for details. When a pet is still alive, if I don’t feel the supplied photos are clear enough or are missing some important visual info–I’ll ask my clients to shoot some more (with a bit of guidance on how to get a good photo to paint from). But in the case of a memorial portrait–I realize that what we have is what we have–so I do my very best to make it work because I know how important it will be to my client.