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Painting A Black Dog From A Dark Photo

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Painting A Black Dog From A Dark Photo

Painting A Black Dog From A Dark Photo I was asked to create a portrait of Bella, a medium-size black lab mix. The painting shown is my first stage rough underpainting. One of the challenges (as it is with any black animal) is that in the reference photos, a lot of the details get lost in the overall darkness of the fur. Bella’s human was worried this might be a problem–and it can be, however it is often possible to open up the shadow areas to see more detail in Photoshop. The painting above shows the photo as I originally received it. The image at the left shows how it looked after I retouched it so I could paint from it. All of the highlights and the...

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A Pair of Pet Portraits

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

A Pair of Pet Portraits

A Pair of Pet Portraits Sometimes I get commissioned to do multiple paintings at one time with the intent that they will hang together. This brings a specific set of concerns to the planning process for the art. The size of the surface and the painting’s colors must harmonize and work well together. I generally find that two squares make a nice presentation as they did in this case. I was asked to paint both Anna, a very small Yorkshire Terrier, and Miley, a chocolate Lab. Anna’s painting was to be a gift from husband to wife–with Miley planned to follow after. However it was ultimately decided to work the two together which from my viewpoint is...

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Final Painting of Three Havanese

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Blog | 16 comments

Final Painting of Three Havanese

Final Painting of Three Havanese Three Amigos 24″ x 18 Acrylic on archival panel by Hope Lane Apologies to all for such a long delay in posting the finished painting–I got hit by this year’s flu. Now I’m back in the studio and painting...

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Close Up of Julio the Havanese

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Close Up of Julio the Havanese

Close Up of Julio the Havanese From the rough painting, I continued to refine detail. This is a close up of little Julio, the youngest of my Tres Amigos. I love his happy smile and little up do...

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From Sketch to Rough Paint

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Blog | 11 comments

From Sketch to Rough Paint Working with a largish bristle brush, I’ve roughed in a first layer of acrylic paint for my three little Havanese painting. I usually keep the paint fairly diluted at this stage so my paintings look quite a bit like watercolors. From there I’ll build up the color and detail with the paint getting progressively thicker which helps to give a feeling of solidity to the art. I find it quite a relief when at the first pass, I already see a clear resemblance to my subjects. I find that most of the paintings I do that I feel are successful start this way. If I don’t catch a resemblance at the beginning–it usually means it will...

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Painting Three Havanese

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

Painting Three Havanese

Painting Three Havanese It’s been far too long since I’ve posted. Between the holiday rush and the fact I took an unexpected trip to the ER (all fine now), I have been taking a break from social media. But it’s a new year and time to get back to showing you what I’ve been painting. I was commissioned to paint a large portrait of three Havanese who were referred to affectionately by their human as the “Tres Amigos” named Paco, Julio and Manny. The painting would be 24″ x 18″ in acrylic which is what I use to paint nearly all my pet portraits. I was lucky enough to have an excellent photo to work with that needed only a...

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