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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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″).