More Mini Pets

sam sophie

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 ( =

Golden Grizzly

grizzly-630x640I 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.

Mini Dog Portraits

hershey vizsla

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 ( =

 

Little Fur Ball

img_2927This is the second time that I painted this little cutie. My goal here was to focus on getting the subtle light changes and shape right. I love the little spot of light on her back that allows the nose to come forward. These types of lighting really capture my attention. It can be a challenge to get the value just right so that it will do what you want but it is worth the effort of practicing. I love the softness and variety of color in this too. I was interested in creating roundness with the contrast of cool and warm colors. It was good practice.

Ellie-study in light

img_2923 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.

Bears Contemplation

IMG_9714I 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.

Pitty

IMG_9491 (565x800)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.