Currently working on this little commission. The photo is backlit so it comes with some unique challenges, but she is coming along nicely. (oil on board 12×8)
These miniature pet portraits are each 2×2 inches. They really look great on the black background. Both of these pets have passed away now, but the paintings are such a nice reminder of the special place they will always have in the owners’ hearts. They make great little Christmas ornaments or wall hangings in a special little spot where you are close enough to enjoy them ( =
I was really drawn to do this particular painting because of the nice color contrast I had in mind for his fur. I also wanted the challenge of doing a large close up shot. It was great fun to do and I look forward to doing some more similar close up pictures of animals and perhaps even people. This was painted on 8×8 gesso board, which can be challenging because of the slippery nature of its surface. But I find that it is good for forcing me to stay loose with my brushwork.
These are 2 of many miniature dog portraits. Each one is 2×2 inches. They can be used in many ways…they are just adorable on the little wooden easels that are available. They are also very cute with a ribbon attached and used as a Christmas ornament, and then after Christmas you can hang it on the wall in a special spot. I really like how nicely the colors show up on the black background ( =
This is another shaggy dog portrait. The first time that I attempted to paint one of these shaggy dogs I was perplexed at just how to go about it. It seems that as I have gotten more experience, I am beginning to see all the wonderful colors of light cast upon the individual hairs as well as beginning to better understand how light works as it falls on its subject. One thing I am learning is that no matter how many times you paint a picture, it will come out a bit different each time. It’s pretty interesting to consider this.
Ziggy is a very lucky little dog who goes fishing with her master on a Gilnet boat in Juneau, Alaska. She is very small for a miniature Schnauzer and is just adorable, and I was told she always has her little tongue sticking out just a little.
This was a commissioned piece, and as usual with dogs, she was very fun to paint!
I Just love this guy or girl…this looks like a very healthy bear enjoying a bit of contemplation. In this painting, I was attempting to paint in a looser more impressionistic style. I used a 6×6 piece of gesso board which is a very smooth surface. It can be tricky to paint on when you first try it, but I think it lends itself nicely to leaving clear brush strokes. This is part of the look I am going for when I refer to impressionism. I am not trying to paint the bear’s hairs, but rather an overall fur coat.
I am struggling with this one. I really liked the photo but I am not happy with the painting yet. I think I really dislike the background color, and I also think that the head is too dark. I have tried to adjust him at least once but not feeling that it was successful. I think I need to go back and try again. Really, what have I got to lose if I don’t like it anyway?
I actually find that at this point in a painting, I can actually learn a lot. Once I am not concerned about ruining something I already dislike, I am willing to take more risks. This is a good time to learn.