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July 27, 2018

I have often been asked how I paint my pet portraits.  I always paint in oils, my personal preferred medium, and insist on using a very clear photograph.  Lighting is important, but what is most necessary is a strong image of your pet's eyes.  We view their souls throu...

August 23, 2017

As most of you know, I have concentrated my artistic talents on pets of the 4 legged type, being mostly dogs and cats.  Today, I attempt to enter the equestrian arena 

This is the the beginning of SPARTAN.  After a careful colored pencil study, I am blending a barn...

August 17, 2017

Rocco is finished.  She is a Belgium Shepherd that recently passed away.  Losing your pet is often harder than losing an actual family member.  To many of us , our 4 legged companions are with us many more minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, than any human comp...

August 16, 2017

I am still working on this portrait.  I find it necessary to NOT look at a painting for a day or two once I think it is complete.  In doing this, I can more easily see and correct any mistakes that I have made.  This is an oil on canvas, 11x14.  Almost ready to go home...

August 16, 2017

Once I paint the background, I bond with the animal by painting the eyes and surrounding features.  To me, this is the most important part of the painting.  If I can connect with the soul of the dog, and the eyes ARE the windows to our souls, then I can complete the pa...

July 14, 2017

Our 4 legged family members , unfortunately, don't live as long as we would prefer.  It is said that they don't live so long is because they are born loving unconditionally, and owners, sadly, take decades to learn this.  What a blessing they own.  What a blessing WE o...

June 17, 2017

Started sketching Dixie and Luna - will begin to apply paint soon!

f you have a dog who has made you laugh, 

brightened your life, 

silently accepted your tears without judgement, 

snuggled with you, 

forgiven your faults and loved you anyway, 

you are one of the lucky ones!...

June 13, 2017

So here you have it.  Finishing touches (a feather brush - a GOOD feathering brush) makes all the difference.  Quote from the owners: That's our Gretal. Perfect! Her eyes make her come alive. Joy and I both cried. You are wonderfully talented.

I am blessed and plea...

June 13, 2017

My last post showed that I start with the eyes first.  After I have them where I can connect, I begin building around the eyes.  However, when I work around the eyes, building the image of the face out, I also work the background in.  This step is important.  If you ar...

June 12, 2017

Once I begin my painting, I always begin with your pet's eyes.  It's where we all connect.  When painting the eyes, first examine the colors, highlights, shadows.  The darkest part of the eye will be the pupil and the out rim of the iris.  This is true on both dogs and...