It has been way too long since my post at Thanksgiving, and way, way too long before that one. I thank everyone who does look at my work, and want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I pray it is full of blessings bestowed upon you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you all and remember to stay safe this holiday weekend!
My most recent pastel pet portrait is of Leon, a beautiful Australian Shepherd. The portrait was a wedding gift from my client and her sister to their niece and her husband. When my client and I met, she brought along photographs and the one we decided on was of Leon sitting between his owners, which also happened to be the wedding invitation. She said if I needed any more for reference, I could visit the website for their wedding. Most of the photos on the site were of Leon, so I knew he had a very special place in their hearts! Below you will see the progress of the painting from the original charcoal drawing I start with all the way to the finished piece. The painting is done on 14″ x 11″ tan Ampersand Pastelbord. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
At this point, my client and I agreed to tone the background down a bit more.
Thanks for viewing the progress of Leon, have a blessed day and would love to hear from you!
I love painting portraits of pets, and animals in general, and I am always honored when someone commissions me to do one of a beloved pet that has passed on, waiting to cross over the Rainbow Bridge. Such is the case with Peanut Patton, a beautiful little dog that meant the world to his owner Jim.
While I do many pet portraits, I have a tendency to get rather focused on the painting itself and forget to take photos showing the progress from start to finish. Below you will see the photos of Peanut’s portrait starting with the reference photo and ending with the matted and framed painting.
I started working on Peanut, beginning primarily with the areas that would have other areas of fur overlapping them.
I thoroughly hope you have enjoyed seeing the progress, and would love to hear your comments! God bless!
One of the projects I recently finished was totally different than anything I had ever done before. A client brought me 3 sets of serving tiers. I am not sure of the proper name for these things (if you know, I would love for you to leave a comment regarding such!). I have seen them in a small form usually made out of glass or china used to serve small fruits, candy and hors d’ouevres, etc. They were made of wood and metal, with gold mats to place in the trays. All were a bit rough and the client asked if I could paint wood grain on them with foxes and hounds running around the edges and some larger ones in the centers as she did not care for the mats. I said I would see what I could do, so I took them apart and got out my sand paper and latex house paints and set to work.
The smallest set was 21″ high, with only one tray that was paintable, as the other two were metal baskets. The tray measured 15″ in diameter, and grain of the wood was extremely rough, so it required a good amount of sanding prep. I brushed some paint to get coloring of wood, but the grain was so fine it barely showed through. So, I painted the grain in with a brush.
The middle set was 28″ high and the large tray at the bottom was 19″ in diameter. This wood was a grade better, but once again the grain did not show through well at all. So, again, I painted in the grain, then painted foxes and hounds around the edges and inside.
The largest set of the three was completely different. The lower tray measured 20″ across and the entire set stood at 30″. Each layer consisted of a wood tray with deep metal sides. The wood was much better quality, so I only had to highlight the grain. However, the metal sides had to be completely painted to look like wood. These took a bit longer, but I was able to make the figures of the foxes and hounds larger.
I seriously think I can now paint foxes and hounds in my sleep! There are 90 figures on the three pieces, yes, I actually counted. I thoroughly enjoyed working on these, and found it challenging and fun at the same time. I almost feel guilty that I am able to do ‘work’ that is so enjoyable! Notice I said, “almost”!
This is one of the commissions I had to finish for Christmas. It is a pet portrait of Ruby, a King Charles Spaniel. Her owners are avid readers, so the client wanted her on the Kindle as if to say, “Hey, put your book down and let’s play!” Ruby is a beautiful dog! Enjoy the pictures of the portrait from almost start to finished, matted and placed in the beautiful frame the client had just for this project!
One of my latest painting projects was a milk can. It was old, with very old black paint on it that was starting to chip and had a tad bit of rust showing. Once again I was doing the fox hunting theme which I thoroughly enjoy.
After completing the painting, I placed the milk can in front of our fireplace. It looked really good there, and I received many complements on it. Finally, the client came to pick it up and I was sad to see it leave. I have picked up a milk can of my own, now to get time to work on it!
This has been a very interesting summer thus far. I normally paint in pastels, watercolors, and acrylics in the studio in the house. I also do a few murals and other things. However, when one of my clients commissioned me to paint the horse troughs, I began a studio in the barn as well. When we built the barn about 8 years ago, that was one of my “someday” goals, to have a real studio there. I dreamed it would be in the west end of the expansive hay loft, complete with heat and air and a small water closet on the lower level.
Upon finishing the troughs, my client asked if I could possibly paint some wooden cutouts she had of hunt figures. I said I would see what I could do.
She brought them out and I spent the next month painting life sized cutouts of Masters of the Hounds, fox hounds, and foxes. It is interesting to work on these as you have to use the shape that has been formed for you. Once I got going though, I was quite pleased with how they turned out.
I painted them with latex house paint, using only about 8-10 base colors from which I mix the myriad of other colors needed. Once complete, I coat them with polyurethane. Each figure had two bases which also needed paint and coating upon which they will stand upright.
This week I delivered 2 foxes, 6 Masters of the Hounds, and 9 Fox Hounds to my client. She was delighted. Now I have 8 more foxes to do, plus I am looking into some more horse troughs! Looks like the animals might have to move out!