Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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!

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Pastel Portrait of Leon-From Start to Finish

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.

Charcoal drawing of Leon-Denny Martindale
Original charcoal drawing of Leon
Background, Leon, pastel-Denny Martindale
Background of Leon, pastel

At this point, my client and I agreed to tone the background down a bit more.

Leon in progress 1-Denny Martindale
Starting to add color

Leon in progress 2-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 3-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 4-Denny Martindale

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Leon in progress 8-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 9-Denny Martindale

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Finished custom pastel pet portrait of Leon, 14″ x 11″, Denny Martindale

Thanks for viewing the progress of Leon, have a blessed day and would love to hear from you!

Pastel Pet Portrait of Peanut, from Start to Finish

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.

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Reference photo.  Peanut’s coloring is a little bit ‘washed out’ in this photo.
Drawing for Peanut-Denny Martindale
Charcoal drawing of Peanut
Peanut in progress 1-Denny Martindale
Jim and I agreed to place Peanut in the grass, so the background was blocked in.
Peanut in progress 2-Denny Martindale
Starting on Peanut.

I started working on Peanut, beginning primarily with the areas that would have other areas of fur overlapping them.

Peanut in progress 3-Denny Martindale
From blocking in to establishing a color range of the various shades of fur.
Peanut in progress 4-Denny Martindale
Sometimes the progress doesn’t always look the best…
Peanut in progress 5-Denny Martindale
…but if you continue working it will all come together!
Peanut Patton, matted, framed, and ready to ship-Denny Martindale
Peanut Patton, pastel, 11″ x 14″, matted, framed, and ready for shipping!

I thoroughly hope you have enjoyed seeing the progress, and would love to hear your comments!  God bless!

This Was a New One For Me!

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.

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Here are a few parts of the tier sets ready to be painted

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.

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The small tier set

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.

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Medium tier set

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.

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The large tier set

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”!

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Detail of figures around edges of tiers

Hope you enjoyed viewing these!

Portrait of Ruby

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!

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Ruby in progress- drawing and started adding color
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Next phase
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Getting there…
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Almost complete!
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Finished!
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Ruby in frame. The recipients loved it!

 

Painting on a Milk Can

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.

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This is the start of the milk can project. The grey paint is the adhesion primer, which will be completely covered in paint.
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This is side 1 in progress
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Detail of side 1 completed
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This is side 2 completed. This view shows the finished top.

 

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!

 

Cutouts, the latest project

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.

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Art studio in the aisle of the barn with the finished horse troughs

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.

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Wooden cutouts awaiting paint (fox has primer coat)

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.

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Masters of the Hounds partially complete
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A completed Master of the Hounds ready for shipping

 

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.

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Fox hound with the bases attached. I painted the bottom of the figures and the bases to look like grass.

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!

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The artist with 3 of the fox hound cutouts ready to ship. They are on one of the two easels my husband built on either side of the aisle with the paint tables in the center of the aisle.