New contemporary art inspired by "Virgil" the Pet of the Week at Helen Woodwards Animal Center:
I'm experimenting with a new art style using mixed media. This is a portrait of my adopted beagle-blend, Odie. He's getting a little grey in the muzzle at his age, but he plays like a puppy every morning.
I met "Remi" at the recent Rock n Roll Marathon here in San Diego. Remi's coat coloring inspired me to add a tiger swallowtail butterfly to this art. Remi is an adopted bull-terrier mix.
This is a Husky-Chow mix I saw at the local home improvement store. I just had to get a photo of this beautiful dog, having a painted portrait in mind... And here are the steps it took to complete Java's portrait.
This is a photo of Tahquitz, a beautiful cat, adopted from a shelter in San Diego, California. I photographed Tahquitz using a smart phone, but it took me several attempts to get a good clear photo since Tahquitz was not a cat that would sit still on command. She was always moving, but I got this photo after she moved away from the window. The white areas of her fur now had a bluish tone, and I used that as inspiration for my color choices as I worked on this painting. I didn't try to do a detailed underpainting, but rather just jumped in and starting painting the colors that I saw in the photo. As a result, this was a fun painting to do, and Taqhitz's mom was very happy when she saw it.
Today is my first posting of a step-by-step process I take to complete some of my paintings. Watch this blog to see how I have created other works of art.
Here is the original photo of "Mickey" which I referenced to complete his painted portrait. When I started this painting, Mickey was a senior dog waiting for adoption. After I finished the painting below, and it was shown around online, Mickey was adopted by someone who saw his portrait!
I use a painting technique from the European "Old Masters" who painted in oils, but I have adapted this approach to the use of modern acrylic paint.
Hope you enjoyed this painting tutorial. Questions and Comments are welcome!
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Coming July 1st, and every 1st of the month, I will be posting step-by-step photos of some of the pet portraits I have completed. I will also be telling you how I completed each step, and I welcome questions or comments.
I was going to offer this as a benefit of joining my mailing list, but I have decided to make this part of my blog entries instead.
Well, I decided to go for it: Exploring digital illustration from a fine art point of view, and as a way to create pet portraits in a more timely matter. My creative ideas are moving faster than my paint, so the mouse has won over the paintbrush, as least for now. I still offer hand painted portraits, but now I have another faster and more afforable option for customers. See my redesigned website and click on "Graphics" to learn more. http://www.artfordogs.com
Wait... It doesn't stop there! Custom graphics are VERY useful to anyone in business who has a website, marketing materials, or other publications. And, I can illustrate just about anything!
A new door has just opened for me as an entrepreneur; An unopened door that was right in front of me and I didn't even see it. What a surprise! The thrill of this discovery is now expressed in my art with bright colors and fun designs.
Now, I can't take ALL the credit for my sudden change in direction. Mentor Ali Brown supplied the spark that lit this fire in me. She says that one of the eight common traits of successful entrepreneurs is the ability to reinvent oneself. That was the spark! Now look what happened. :) Ali has endless resources for new business, especially those business that are started by women. Check out her website at: http://www.alibrown.com Thank you, Ali!
There's a battle going on in my art world: Should I be painting at my easel or creating illustrations on my computer? Currently, as a Freelance Artist, the brush and the mouse are competing for my time. I've spent many years painting as a hobby and doing Graphic Design as a career, but right now, I need to get serious about my own art business. More and more it looks like the computer is winning. But how can I make pet portraits and graphic design work together? I think I can do this and much more.
The illustration shown here was created by using Adobe Illustrator on my iMac. I'll have to admit, it was a lot of fun to do and much faster than painting. (At least for me, it is.) Right now, this image is just a digital file, but by using a print-on-demand company, I can have it printed with high quality ink. I can also have it printed on canvas, or put on products that I can sell. Digital illustration like this has much more versatility than traditional artwork.
It feels like I'm stepping into my future as an artist. I welcome any comments. :)
Just an artist rambling on about her love of art, dogs, and pet adoption. And I also like to share cool dog videos, photos, and some famous quotes I like.
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