More Minis

cocker mastiff

These are the last 2 pet mini paintings that I have for now. I am now working on some more landscapes.

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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 ( =

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.

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.

Bruno

BrunoLike most Bulldogs, this guy is just full of attitude! It was fun to paint his wrinkles and that piercing eye. It sort of looks like he is saying, ‘you want a piece of me!’ It certainly seems like the most important part of painting animals is the eyes. A painting can be out of proportion and if the eyes speak to you, then you may get away with it. Hopefully the proportions are correct as well, but I’m just trying to make a point…the eyes are very important.