If you are trying to get some pet photos that are going to be great for a portrait there are some basic concepts to keep in mind.
Diary of a Painter
Looking for the perfect gift for a pet lover in your life? A hand-painted oil portrait of their pet would make a thoughtful and unique present for someone on your list. Imagine the look on your friend or loved one’s face when you present them with such a thoughtful gift. It shows that you really … Continue reading The Perfect Gift – A Pet Portrait
I was glued to the news, just like you, watching the heartbreaking story of Hurricane Harvey unfold. And like you, I really wanted to do something to help. So I came up with a special offer to assist the SPCA in Houston through the medium of my painting of pet portraits. Heartbreaking Separations It struck me … Continue reading Special Offer: The Lost Pets of Hurricane Harvey
Best Friends Have you heard of the phrase “man’s best friend?” It’s a common phrase referring to domestic dogs as pets who are close to their owners. The phrase dates back to the 1700s when Frederick the Great of Prussia first introduced the idea in reference to one of his Italian Greyhounds. Dogs, for many … Continue reading Why Have a Pet Portrait Commissioned?
Awe Those of us who paint are always in awe of painters in the past century. They had to work under much tougher conditions. They could not go down to the local art store and buy a canvas pre-stretched. When I decide what size canvas I need, it is a simple trip to the art supply … Continue reading Techniques of the Great Masters
Drama on Canvas In this blog post, I am sharing with you the step-by-step process as I painted a portrait of Kodos the cat, capturing drama on canvas. The owner and I selected a photograph (on the left above) with a unique pose full of drama that would translate well to canvas. In the middle … Continue reading Drama on Canvas: Capturing Kodos in Paint
Doing a pet portrait is more than a creative outlet for me. I would like to tell you three recent stories that touched my heart. The Reward What I hope you get from these three stories is that for me the reward of the painting is the knowledge that I have helped to … Continue reading Why I Love Doing YOUR Pet Portrait: Three Stories
Not this kind of oil and water! Painting with acrylics requires water. Painting with oil does not. Now, mixed media is a whole other story! Acrylics As a professional painter, I have been asked several times why I use oil and not acrylic paint. Acrylics, created in the 1940’s, are faster to paint with since … Continue reading Can You Mix Oil and Water?
I wanted to paint a picture that was out of the ordinary. I really like this look. The lighting and the perspective are unique. What do you think?
Over the holidays one year I was given a rush project. The two dogs involved were captured in a terrific photo. I was really excited by the subject so I pushed the envelope and delivered it on Christmas eve…
My Bible study class asked me to create a painting of Moses for display in our classroom as a special project. I agreed, but quickly realized that the biggest challenge was to decide what expression