A portrait of my great-niece Maddy splashing in the lake, for her second birthday. Granted, it’s really more of a present for her mom and dad, but years from now, when she’s forgotten all the toys and outgrown all the clothes, the family will still cherish this painting.
Funny… they always tell actors not to work with kids and pets, and they’re both my favorite to work with.
Painted in 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 16×20.
Maddy’s Reference Photo.
This is an oldie… painted while I was in college of my three nieces. Some of it was painted while they sat for me, some from a variety of photos, because asking very active girls, then age 2 through 12, to sit still long enough to take their photo is hard enough, let alone sit for a portrait.
Painted in 1993-ish. Oil on board, 18×24. Apologies for the blurry photo… I took the pic with my phone.
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.
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.
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.