I needed a piece to fill a local show, so I painted my own corgis! Here is a video of the painting process!
Here is another painting I forgot to post back when I painted him! Another cutie! Smokie was a fun one because the background was included!
I forgot to post about this guy back when I painted him! It is always fun to paint older pets, so much white sprinkled in with the gold. Painting text was a new challenge in this one, I definitely don’t feel that it is my strong suit, but hey I tried and it’s on fabric so it is a bit more forgiving.
One thing I love to do is ask about the pet I am painting and learning about the quriks special to them. I love it when long descriptions like this are sent!
“Ralphie is a very social gold retriever who grew up on a lake. When he was young he would roam the neighborhood looking for new friends. If he found a party sometimes he wouldn't come home until the next day! Although he does like other dogs, we like to joke he likes dog people more. He also loves going to stone's throw brewing to get pets and beg for treats from the food trucks. My parents bring him there every Friday. They like to joke that he has to make it to his shift as a greeter. They even made him a bandana. He is very well known there. Sometimes if we take him on a walk somewhere complete strangers will recognize him!
Ralphie loves food. I don't think he really cares what though. He has even gotten in trouble for eating the neighbors cabbage out of her garden. He loves everything from hotdogs to brussel sprouts. His favorite toy is a stuffed California quail that makes an authentic bird call. He also likes to carry around shoes but never chews them. We have tried to get him other ones but he hasn't liked them. One thing Ralphie does not do however is retrieve.”
Jiggy was a fun painting! Her reference photo was a bit challenging due to having a very light colored towel over her back that had to be replaced. Overall she was a pleasure to paint.
This was a really awesome and challenging painting to paint! It was a larger one and as you can see has 4 subjects! From left to right they are Maxine, Frankie Louise, Daisy Mae, & Quincy.
This one was a really fun one because it involved combining lots of references together and getting the lighting right on them. Each dog was in their own photo, two of them have passed. We actually did not have an official photo of one of the dogs and worked off of many photos to re-create her. Overall it was a really large challenge but very fun!
I have gotten really behind in uploading some of the commissions that I have done this year! This is an 8x10 acrylic painting of Argus and Mini Argus the German Shepard. Argus has a mini stuffed animal version of himself!
It was really fun and a new challenge to paint in the wood floor in this one.
This is a 9x12 acrylic painting of Miah the Yorkie. Miah is an awesome dog that has lived way longer than the vet originally expected. This painting was a gift for her owner from the owner's daughter.
Yellow is Miah's owner's favorite color so we chose a bright vivid one to use as the background, it really brings out the sunny nature of the painting.
This painting is of Millie, who sadly has passed. This painting is 8x10 and in oils. We focused on featuring her wrinkles, ears, and droopy face. Her owner really loved her titling her head to the side when she looked at you.
I really enjoyed capturing all the subtle colors in the black of her snout. It had a lot of violet and red undertones. Working with oils on this one really allowed me to blend those colors together.
This painting is of Kane, a rescue puppy from Houston, Texas who now resides in Indiana. This is a 8x10 oil painting that was a gift for his owner!
This painting was a fun one, working on a dog that is mostly white is a bit of a challenge. You really have to look and see the variations of color within the white areas within the photo. So often I used violets or blue's as undertones and built up from there. When oil painting there is a bit more mixing that can be done on canvas, compared to acrylic painting.
Also I apologize for the lighting in this video, my oil station has a camera that likes to adjust to focus on its own and I don't have the angle of the camera perfected.
I absolutely adore this painting, I mean look at those eyes! He is all grown up now, (and still cute, I've seen pictures) and this painting is to remember his puppy days.