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Daphne the Mini Aussie

Daphne

Daphne is a Miniature Australian Shepherd. I changed the background a bit on this, so it wouldn’t just be a field of green grass. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 11×14.

Daphne's reference photo.

Daphne’s reference photo.

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Trevor and River

Trevor and River

Or as I like to call it, “I’m Ribber, an’ dis is my brudder, Trebber.”

This one is a good example of combining photos to make a better painting. The original picture of the two kittens was adorable, with River’s paw around her littermate’s shoulder, but Trevor wasn’t looking at the camera. A little photoshop with a photo taken the same day, and Trev’s face is facing the right way. A little more photoshop to add Riv’s ear that was cropped from the first photo, and Trevor’s missing toes.

Painted in 2013. Acrylics on canvas board, 11×14.

Original reference photo, expanded a little to for better composition and the right proportions for the canvas.

Original reference photo, expanded a little to for better composition and the right proportions for the canvas.

A little photoshop to change Trevor’s face, add his toes, and add the rest of River’s ear that was cropped in the original photo.

 

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Beavis, “I said good-day, sir.”

Beavis,

When I bought this doll-sized top hat at the craft store, the clerk asked, “Are you making a snow-man?”

“No,” I replied. “It’s for my dog.”

Beavis, my one-eyed Pekingese, looks like a proper British gentleman in this hat. I can’t not laugh when I see the photo, from the hat, to his stubby bowed legs, to how cute he is with a hair cut (his little tail!!!!), to his jacked up crooked teeth. I knew I had to paint it.

The uninspiring background of the beat up sidewalk and weeds were replaced with pavers edged in river rock and a flower garden.

Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.

Beavis' reference photo.

Beavis’ reference photo.

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Putting the King in PeKINGese

Putting the King in PeKINGese

I almost forgot I painted this one, inspired by a rescue Peke’s photo on Petfinder. Painted in 2006. 11×14, oil on canvas board.

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Self Portrait with Trevor

Self-portrait with Trevor

I’m not crazy about this one, but I’m ready to call it done. It was mostly painted for practice, since I haven’t painted many people recently. And it’s a reminder why I love painting animals. There’s no egos involved. I don’t want to paint the skin folds on my chin and neck. But skin folds are adorable on a pug or boxer or bloodhound or bulldog. Lucky little furballs. ;)

The reference photo wasn’t a good choice. ¬†Trevor’s face, and mine, were at odd angles, and I had to amp up the shadows a bit, since the original pic was taken with a flash. Flash tends to wash out shadows. Natural lighting is best, since it has more depth.

Painted in 2013, acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.

Reference photo.

Reference photo.

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