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
Diary of a Painter
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…
A proud dad asked me to create an oil painting of his daughter, Lindsay, a high school senior. I thought she would be a great subject, but I wanted to make sure that Lindsay had a say in her own painting. When I paint a pet, I can only satisfy the owner because … Continue reading Painting of a High School Senior