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
**Here is a post written about my business. Enjoy!** 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 … Continue reading Reasons to Have a Pet Portrait Commissioned
Those of us that 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 GREAT MASTER TECHNIQUES
I am about to paint a new pet portrait of, Kodos, the cat. The owner and I selected a photograph with a unique, dramatic pose. This photograph is a perfect example of the artistic device: foreshortening. During the Renaissance in Florence in the 1400’s a new technique of painting called foreshortening was first used to … Continue reading DRAMA ON CANVAS
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. Here is the first story. A lady called and said she had a wonderful pet that was sick with cancer. Her face had a big tumor on it,and she wondered … Continue reading WHY I LOVE DOING YOUR PET PORTRAIT
As a professional paint 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 as they dry very quickly. In fact this water bottle is a must if you are painting with acrylics. Depending on the environment, you spray water on … 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
Over the holidays I was given a rush project. The two dogs were in a great picture and I was so excited by the subject that I pushed the envelope and got it delivered on Christmas eve…
OUR BIBLE STUDY CLASS ASKED ME TO PAINT A PAINTING OF MOSES FOR DISPLAY IN OUR CLASSROOM. I AGREED BUT REALIZED THAT THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS TO DECIDE WHAT A GOOD PICTURE OF MOSES WOULD LOOK LIKE.
I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN ASKED BY A DAD TO PAINT IN OIL ON CANVAS HIS DAUGHTER. SHE IS A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR. I BELIEVE THAT SHE WOULD BE A GREAT SUBJECT BUT I WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT LINDSAY WOULD LIKE HER OWN PAINTING. WHEN I PAINT A PET I JUST HAVE TO … Continue reading PAINT OF A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR