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Halfway Through Painting A Schnoodle named Kole

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Halfway Through Painting A Schnoodle named Kole

Halfway Through Painting A Schnoodle named Kole One of the very nicest things about being a pet portrait artist is when a previous client comes back to me for another painting. A few years ago I painted a lovely Cavalier named Katey. Because of that painting, I received a commission to paint Kole, a Schnoodle and Kendall, an Aussiepoo. So I’ll be painting two 12″ x 12″ paintings and they should work together when hung on a wall. Kole who is black and dark gray will be a bit more challenging, so as I usually do, I tackled the harder painting first. I forgot to take an early photo so this is the painting of Kole about halfway through....

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Celebrating Florida Dogs With Latte the Havanese

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Celebrating Florida Dogs With Latte the Havanese

Celebrating Florida Dogs With Latte the Havanese As some of you know–I live in coastal Florida and this week has certainly been challenging due to Hurricane Irma. The thing about evacuating–you start to take stock of all the things you value and what is most important to take with you because everything else may not be there when you get back. Sure we took food, water and some financial docs–but most importantly, we took our little dog Max who we love dearly. It’s hard for some to understand people who will put themselves in harms way rather than leave their pets when a hurricane’s coming. But I get it and I’m just thankful we had a...

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Finished Portrait of Bella, A Black Lab Mix

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Finished Portrait of Bella, A Black Lab Mix

Finished Portrait of Bella, A Black Lab Mix Completed Portrait of Bella, a black lab mix. 8″ x 10″ Acrylic Original Painting by Hope Lane www.hopelaneart.com...

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Painting Bella, A Black Dog, Part Two

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Painting Bella, A Black Dog, Part Two

Painting Bella, A Black Dog, Part Two It’s been awhile since my last post as I’ve been away–but now I’m back in the studio. I continued to develop my portrait of Bella by refining the darks and lights, and building up the paint. I often like to use a blue highlight on a black furred dog to give a bit of vibrance to the painting. I generally balance this by making the deeper shadows go a bit warmer for contrast.  ...

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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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