Posts Tagged ‘portrait’



Meet Vince.  He is a darling English Springer Spaniel and the apple of his parents’ eyes.  This painting was done from a picture taken at a photo shoot for our vet’s website http://www.hazeldellanimalhospital.com.
Vince is a beautiful dog who descends from a champion, James, aka Diamond Jim, who won at Westminster in 2007. 

I really enjoyed painting him. I love the pose of him in the photo but was told to take a little of the red out of his coat to more accurately capture his liver coloring.  I’m pretty happy with the result and I hope his parents are too…after all he is practically royalty.


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This is Maggie and she’s a Christmas present. Shh…don’t tell.

Have been busy with various projects and working a lot, so my postings have been far and few between.  I got a new toy for Christmas, a droid. Now I can do all kind of crazy and cool stuff on my phone. But…you will notice that it isn’t always perfect, so forgive me for various typos and what’s as I learn this system.
Well, off to work on Boots, the cat.  Enjoy your day of rest!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Lilly is a Bichon and she is done on a 5 x 5 gallery wrapped canvas.

In my “Getting Started” blog awhile back, I talked about some of the various marketing initiatives I’ve been trying for my pet painting business, as well as Casa Bella Interiors.  Well, this painting of Lilly is the result of a gift certificate I donated to a Tri Kappa purse auction to benefit Prevail Inc http://www.prevailinc.com/, which assists women in crisis and victims of abuse.  It’s a wonderful organization and I believe they raised $12,000 with this purse auction.  I’m happy to have had a small part in it.  Lilly’s owners got a gift certificate I donated and they will get the portrait this week and with any luck maybe some referrals will follow. 

So I’ve donated a bunch of these and they’re starting to roll in now. I’m somewhat conflicted.  Clearly it’s a marketing strategy yet it’s under the umbrella of being charitable.  I have a couple of others out there and we’ll see how much I do for “free.”  One thing I want to follow up on is how much the charities are getting.  If there’s a good payoff to them, then it’s worth it, as long as I have the time to do it.   I’ll keep track of it all and keep you all posted as to whether my donation marketing plan works.

I love painting and I love dogs.  If I can learn more, expand my portfolio, make some customers happy while benefiting some great causes, then it is a win-win.

Have started my next Bichon…Millie and I’ll post her picture when she’s finished. 

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This is phase 2, a few more details but still not done.


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Phase 3…More work and details but now I need to sit back and see what else needs to be done.

I know that Maverick looks a bit sad but this picture was soon after his adoption (I believe) and he probably had reasons to be concerned. 

Maverick, it’s okay, Stacey will take good care of you.  As for my concerns, I like the background but is it too wild?  Stacey is young and cool and I wanted it to be less traditional but I’m  not sure.  Thoughts?

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I just started painting Maverick.  He is a darling Beagle rescue dog.  My client, Stacey wanted something a fun and funky, so I’m experimenting with different colors and a vivid background.  Here’s a first stab at it.  I spent an hour or so getting the first coats of paint laid.  More to come later.

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Midge is my vet’s golden retriever.  She was the third dog I painted but I struggled a bit with the composition and colors. 

Some of the colors here don’t appear true.  I was still fiddling with flash, no flash, natural light, etc.  Anyway, how I shoot the picture really affects the color.  You’ll notice there is a  lot more yellow in some than others (from the flash.)  Check out the progression of Midge’s painting. 

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Photo of Midge                        First painting          

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  2nd stab at background 

At this point I gave the painting to my friend and continued to work on other paintings.  Midge continued to haunt me.  I knew something was off with the background but couldn’t put my finger on it.  So I asked for it back to work on it more.   That’s one of the beautiful things about acrylic paint, you can really keep layering it on. 

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So I tried blue ………………and then I tried grey……and



I decided to go a bit more casual with the background and give a bit of whimsy to it by filling the space on the right with her name.  You have to love dog names, they are always the best.  No longer is Midge a dog without a background.  I delivered her today and she’ll go back to the wall in our vet’s office. 

So, it is just a background but it’s pretty important.  Which one do you like?  There really is no right answer but I think I’m happy with this last one.

For more of my pet paintings check out www.custompetpaintings.com or Hogan Art on Facebook. 

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