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.
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.
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.
This was painted by what’s probably my favorite photo taken of my Pekingese Beavis. He looks so happy… it shows that there is still fun and games after losing an eye.
Beavis’ reference photo.
Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 16×20.
River looks sweet and dainty, but she’s got the biggest, most powerful paws of any cat, ever. At least it feels that way when she’s “making biscuits” on my bladder at 6am. We call it the Riverdance.
River’s reference photo.
Painted in 2013 as part of a matched pair with her brother Trevor. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
Trevor is one of Miss Pretty’s last litter and is delightful. So fluffy, so gentle, so… simple. He’s my only pet afraid of thunderstorms. Some people go by barometers. I have a Trevorometer to predict the weather.
Trevor’s reference photo.
This was painted as a matched pair with his sister River. Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas board, 11×14.
He’s helping me decide where to hang them.
“Just make sure mine is hung higher than hers.”