From Dogs

The Miller Family

 

Miller Family

This was actually a special commission (I don’t offer this size anymore) of a 16×20″ painting. I had a lot of fun working this big, and my friend was gracious enough to send me a couple photos of the painting framed hanging up in her in-law’s house!

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Original photo:

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Rocky

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This painting was for an old coworker of his mom and their late dog, Rocky. I had a lot of fun capturing the leaves and trees on their hike. It was a challenge to capture all the detail I could in a 5×7 painting, but I’m really happy with how it came out!

Original photo:

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Sam

Sam

This commission was for my boyfriend’s sister-in-law of her dad’s dog, Sam. I’m lucky enough to have met Sam, and he’s such a great pup! She asked for the setting of the painting to be changed to a particular bed of lily flowers that holds a lot of meaning, so I was really happy to help piece this painting together for her dad’s birthday.

Original photo:

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Floyd

Floyd

Floyd! The greatest dog I’ve never met. This is my old coworker’s dog. He crossed the rainbow bridge a couple years ago, so I hope this portrait helps commemorate him.

Original photo:

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Major

Major

This is my old coworker Shi Ming’s dog, Major. I met Major back from when he was a tiny puppy! It’s so fun to see him grow into such a giant Bernese Mountain Dog. I liked the simple composition on this photo, and I had a lot of fun with the floorboards. I did take off his birthday hat to make the picture a little more classy.

Original photo:

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Mr. Blue

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This is Mr. Blue for my friend and old coworker, Tracey! He is one inspirational hound, and I love keeping up with his adventures on Facebook. He is such a handsome guy, and I had a lot of fun trying to capture all the different colors in his coat!

Original photo:

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Bella

Bella

Another one of my favorite dogs, and yes I have, like, a million favorite dogs. This one is my favorite little sausage dog (mini-dachshund), Bella, for my good friend Laura.

Original photo:

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Ruby

Ruby

Here’s Ruby, my best friend’s adorable little toy poodle. I focused on bright and energetic colors and used the high key palette to draw attention to her dark, soulful eyes. I had some fun with the background, picking colors that contrasted her red fur. I think it looks a little like a glamour shot, which suits the fabulous Ruby just fine!

Original photo:

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Declan and Copper

Declan and Copper

I am in love with these two boys–and anyone who meets them loves them, too! Declan is best friends with his beagle buddy Copper. I picked this photo out myself despite Declan’s cute face being cut off because I just loved the way it captured their friendship.

This painting looks a little different–this was the first one I painted, and I used canvas board instead of paper. I discovered Arches oil paper soon after painting this, which is my new favorite surface. The fine tooth of the paper allows me to paint more accurate details, which is especially helpful working at such a small size (5×7″).

Original photo:

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