Monday, May 22, 2017

Tabby Cat

This one took a few tries to get the markings right. Sometimes paintings work out on the first try but much more often I have to try 3-4 times to get it right. I try not to think about the wasted paint, and chalk it up to practice!

Tabby Cat - Acrylic on 12x12 gessobord

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ginger - and upcoming projects!

I've been busy working on some pieces for a couple of upcoming projects! One of the projects is an exhibition of my work in a local coffee shop, I want to do a series of pet portraits for that. The other is the U of MN Vet Hospital is going to feature some of my paintings on note cards that they send out. The front of the card will have a transfer of one of my paintings, and the back of the card will have their logo and also my contact information. I'm really excited about it!

Ginger - Acrylic on 12x12 gessobord

This dog is from the "paint my photo" site. Lots of good reference material there. If you have any great shots of your pets (close-up, well-lit...) please feel free to send them my way too.

One thing I still struggle with is getting accurate photos of my paintings. They always look different than they do in person. And it's amazing how different times of day affects the photos. Here's another photo of the same painting. The real painting's colors are somewhere between the two.


Any  photography lighting tips would be appreciated!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Afternoon sunlight

I'm having fun with these house portraits. This is the old Garding farmhouse in Lake Henry, MN. The farm was homesteaded in 1876. I'm so used to painting cats and dogs that I find myself trying to similarly capture a "personality" when I paint houses, especially by using light and shadow.  I'm not sure this one is quite finished- I'm wondering if I should add a little reflection to the bottom window panes? Also thinking the floor of the porch may jutt out a little to far. Opinions from those who have been there?

Garding Farmhouse - Acrylic on 9x12 gessobord

Monday, May 8, 2017

It's Wanda!!!

I'm so excited to be going international! This painting of Wanda is headed off to Abu Dhabi, where she lives with my friends Rachel and Andy.

Wanda - Acrylic on 11x14 gessobord