These are two dogs that I had already done for their owners but in different postures. They will be part of the upcoming International House Exhibit in March.
This has been an amazing year for pet portraits especially dog oil portraits. I have gotten commissions as far away as Dubai, Germany and Finland as well as local and around the US. It has been a pleasure to work such great clients. Most of the clients contacted me through my Etsy store, PaintingsbyMarlene.
My goal this year is to do more portraits in graphite. After spending three years on Sadie Valeri online drawing/painting program, I finally finished up this year. I wanted to apply the techniques and concepts that I had learned to this drawing.
This portrait of Tara, a black lab, took about six hours to do. I’ve worked from a photo that a client had provided (though I had used a different photo to complete a commission for this client).
In the photo there is lighting coming from the right side but reflective light all around. So there is a slight change from dark to light. Here I did a lot of squinting to simplify the dark and light shapes. Those shapes I identified as planes. So I worked on the concept of the value sphere – establishing the core shadow, getting lighter as the shape come to the light.
What I would like to do is to learn about animals head anatomy. It would help to understand the planes more.
These paintings were done back in 2015 and 2016 when I was often attending the open sessions at Patris Studio. I have to say they are not as bad as I thought. But I do need to go back and painting portraits again. Maybe that would be one of my New Year’s resolution.
Chardonnay belongs to my neighbor’s granddaughter. Despite her busy life as a nursing student and caring for her grandparents, she took the time to provided photos for me to paint. Thank you, Christiana.
I met Kirby and his owner on a walk with my dog, Kava. Kirby is a full blooded Maltese and is a one person dog.
These two paintings will be part of the International House Exhibit in March, 2020.
Preliminary pencil drawings for oil paintings.
I just completed two pet portraits commissions. Very fun to do.
Chloe was a bit of challenge to do especially with the amazing amount of fur. Besides her fur I wanted to capture her sparkling brown eyes and her cute little mouth to reflect her perky personality.
The commission for Gus came through Etsy. It’s one of the tiny paintings of only 4 x 4 inches. It was a challenge but a learning experience on painting tiny. I started off with bristle brushes by Robert Simmons, my favorite. But when it came to the details, I found another Robert Simmons brand, Simply Simmons. The brushes are softer but were great for details. I used mainly the filberts.
Interested in a pet portrait commissions?Visit my Etsy store for more info. If for a Christmas the deadline would have to be the end of October. Too many projects in November.
This year as in the past years I have set up a booth at the International Festival to sketch portraits for free. The festival is organized by the International House and features performances, cultural booths and vendors on the first Sunday of the October.
In the past I had only one or two artists. This year there were six artists. Thank you to Scott Shepherd, Tom Corbett, Lynn at Lynn_CoMo, Duke at Dukekm, and Dawn at PaintedbyDawn . And myself at MarleneLeeArt
Check out these artists on their Instagram.
Parade of the Flags
Artists at Work