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Maddy in the Lake

Maddy in the LakeA 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.

Maddy’s Reference Photo.

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Sisters

Sisters

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.

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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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