Monday, March 29, 2010

Borzoi painting in Pastel

Here is a Borzoi painting that I painted off center intentionally. In the reference photo that I had taken, the dog's left side of the face was somewhat in the shadows.

The background was painted dark to light illuminating the face with the focal point being the right eye of the dog (which is on the left side of the painting).

Hope you enjoy viewing it!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Borzoi - Mini Pastel Painting

This is one of my new mini paintings and is 5" x 5". I absolutely love painting the Borzoi. They are so elegant and gentle.
To see more of my Borzoi work please click this link to my website: Borzoi Art

Have a great day!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Maine Coon Cat

This is a painting of a Maine Coon cat that was recently finished. The cat had passed away a few months before the commission came in.

I was given a CD full of photos from him as a kitten all the way to the adult age. His body was shaved in his older photos and the request was to have him painted at an age when he was a full bodied cat. There were five photos used to create the painting. One reference photo was of his face, another for color, a third for body shape, a fourth for his coat length and texture when he was not shaved, and finally a photo that showed how much coat was on his tail. Photos are like Lays potato chips - sometimes just one is not enough!

It was a pleasure to paint him. If only our pets lived as long as we do!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pastel Painting Mini - Irish Setter Puppy

This is my dog, Drew. He just turned 2 years old. The reference photo taken for this mini pastel painting was taken the day we brought Drew home. He was 12 weeks old and sitting in my mother's lap.

He is a wonderful dog and brings more laughter into our home on a daily basis than one dog should be capable of. He loves to "hunt" in our yard so it was fitting to put him in an outdoor scene.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mini Portrait - Irish Setter Puppy

This painting is titled "Mini Monet" as it is a miniature painting of my dog, Monet. She was about 15 weeks old in this painting.

Time flies - Monet recently turned three years old. If only we could stop the time. It pains me to see my dogs growing older so quickly.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Irish Setter Art on Coffee Label

One of my paintings, "Steady to Wing", was just put on a new coffee label.
The manufacturer sent us a sample of the coffee and my husband went crazy over it. We love the bag and love the coffee. A win win is it not!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Borzoi Art

This is a commission I just recently finished. The two Borzoi live in San Diego. Their home overlooks the ocean so it was fitting to put an ocean in the background.

Over 100 photos were taken of the two trying to get the perfect reference photo. Unfortunately and fortunately, the two were so photogenic that it was hard to decide just which photo was the best. The dogs were so enjoyable to photograph. They galloped around and were just awesome to watch.

Hope you enjoy the painting!