Monday, April 27, 2015

"BAILEY" 86/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

Bailey is my first horse in this project of 101 Pet Portraits in 101 Days.  I don't know much about Bailey, but the interesting thing about her was the composition; to make it ok to paint her in the 6"x6" format and keep it cohesive with the rest of the project.  I solved the problem in a fashion with pattern.  There is a larger negative space in this portrait than in most others, so I utilized pattern stamped into the background to "break up" the vastness of this negative space.  I very much liked the end result.  I have to say that the orangy color in the background is a bit darker than in this photo.  We have a very grey day and it affects the photos. sigh...I have decided, by this time in the project that it has has a profound effect on me...I will most likely continue to paint in the brighter color fashion that is the fauvist tradition.  As you will see in the reference photo there is a strong light on top of Bailey and I utilized that contrast, but added some awesome cerulean blue/turquoise in a very light value, contrasted with the burnt oranges, purples and reds in her coat.  White is white with a little blue and orange here and there.  All in all a great fun painting to do!  Bailey comes ready to frame or she can sit on an easel. 

I want to make mention again WHY I add texture to these paintings.  Well, the first answer is I absolutely LOVE texture, even implied (not actual, but it looks like it) texture.  I think it adds another dimension to the interesting"ness" of a painting, it also makes it clear it is original and not a print.  It is part of what makes me a mixed media painter.  I've loved the many aspects it affords other than JUST a painting...which is OK too...just not for me at this time in my career!

Here is Bailey in all her glory with his display ideas!  Keep in mind the floater frames shown can be purchased through pictureframes.com.  This particular easel was purchased at Hobby Lobby.


 Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3
 Maple Floater Frame
CFS10
Black Floater Frame
CF1

HAPPY CREATING!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"IZZY" 85/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

SOLD as a gift to her pet mom
Thanks Ron!
Izzy is pet kid to my friend Ron Hanson's mother.  Izzy is a Portuguese Pandango Yorkie Mix. WHEW...I'm excited to have gotten to paint one!  Izzy is a present to Ron's mother.  I enjoyed the dark pinks and purples in the background for Izzy as it makes for great contrast to her fun wiry off white hair.  Izzy is reported to have black eyes...Black eyes are always a bit of a challenge so they don't look like a black hole!...Thanks to Ron for sharing this funny sweet little pup!

This project has been a great learning experience for me as an artist.  When we take on a project that requires work every day in a similar way it is a great way to make decisions on how we would paint a certain subject.  I've had the opportunity to make decisions on how to paint all sorts of hair, and what kinds of colors work to gain a certain effect.  It's what an artist usually knows already, but I can't stress enough just how valuable the art of PRACTICE is!

Izzy is a sweetie in her display options!  The Floater Frames can be purchased through pictureframes.com.  The easel shown here was purchased at Hobby Lobby.


 Black Floater Frame
CF1

 Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3

Maple Floater Frame
CFS10

HAPPY CREATING!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

"RORY GALLAGHER" 84/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Rory Gallagher"
6"x6" oil on slightly textured panel
ON HOLD FOR PET MOM
Rory Gallagher is pet kid to Mary Logsdon.  Rory was skinny and howled for two weeks, like an Irish singer from the 70/s of the same name, thus he sort of named himself!  I love the strong colors in Rory and the great contrast!  White against just about anything, except maybe more white is a great one for contrast.  Rory's eyes are pumpkin colored, so a fauvist cat from the get go! I also added a turquoise blue to the background; which is opposite on the color wheel so the contrast there is also great! 

Rory is sister to Takoda, and is on hold for his pet mom who is traveling abroad. Check him out with his frame suggestions!
 The easel is from Hobby Lobby
I think the turquoise color is pretty accurate here on my monitor...
 Black Floater Frame
Can be purchased through pictureframes.com
I think the turquoise shows up a little brighter than it really is in this photo on my computer monitor anyway...so hard to get a great one!
CF1
 Maple Floater Frame
CFS10
 Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3
I'm really liking Rory in this frame option!

HAPPY CREATING!

Friday, April 24, 2015

"RUFUS" 83/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Rufus"
6"x6" oil on slightly textured panel
SOLD
"Rufus" is an adorable Terrier Ewok Mix pup.  He is pup kid to a couple of friends of Michael Hofman.   He actually purchased this portrait of Rufus for them. I don't have their permission to use their names, but I wanted to express how awesome Michael is to want to do this for his friends!

I LOVED this photo that Michael sent in...such a fun head shot!  Rufus was one I really had fun with color...My favorite color of late is turquoise, and there are several different versions of this color found in this portrait! 

Rufus is adorable in his display choices...the black floater frame and easel enhance the darks in him, but the gold floater just may be my favorite this time.  Take a look and decide for yourself!  I'm sure there are lots of other options out there, so I hope you can imagine how different frame choices can enhance different parts of the paintings.  Floater Frames like you see can be found at pictureframes.com.  An easel like this one can be found at Hobby Lobby.


 Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3
 Maple Floater Frame
CFS10
Black Floater Frame
CF1

HAPPY CREATING!
 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"ROSE" 82/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Rose" was such a beautiful Field Golden Retriever to paint.  All those oranges and yellowy creams with a pink (for the lady she is) background!  A fauvist pup for sure!  Rose's pet dad is Michael Hofman.  Her eyes are a hazel with golden flecks...such a beautiful center to this pretty dog!  Rose comes ready to frame or sit on an easel.

Remember you can purchase these floater frames through pictureframes.com.  The easel is one I got from Hobby Lobby. 

For me, I'm sort of loving Rose in the Gold Leaf Floater Frame...but she would work in any option!
 

 Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3
 Maple Floater Frame
CFS10
Black Floater Frame
CF1

HAPPY CREATING!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"HUCKLEBERRY" 81/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

SOLD to his pet mom Norma...Thank you Norma!
"Huckleberry" is a much loved pet kid to Norma Newton.  Norma reports that Huckleberry; also known as Huck, Huckster, Berry Huck and Lil Bit is a mix of about 10 breeds of which Border Collie is one.  This is Huckleberry and Norma's story: 
"He was a rescue..found years ago by our neighbor on the highway and she had cats. My husband, Todd & I had both, cats and dogs, but Huckleberry started coming over daily and he would crawl and cry as he stretched to get under our gate into our back yard. Then when I left for work, he would cry out as he crawled back out under the gate and follow me out of the neighborhood to the highway. I started stopping and picking him up and taking him to the office with me daily. At night, we'd step out on the front porch about 9:00 and my neighbors would step out on their porch and call him and he would go stay in their laundry room at night. Needless to say, he ended up my dog and when we moved they thoughtfully allow him to join us. We have rescued all of our pets over the years & worked in rescue on and off. While I have dogs that our my babies and don't leave my side, I have never met one quite like him. He truly, for unknown reasons, adopted me!"  Awesome Norma!

I enjoyed all the beautiful blues in Huckleberry that just highlights those beautiful brown eyes.  Norma made a special request that I take a bit of the grey out of the Huckster.  What woman among us doesn't love to do a little grey coverage from time to time...so why not the guys! HA!  Huckleberry comes ready to frame or he can sit on an easel.

Huckleberry is such a sweetie...I love those BROWN eyes!  I like him in his display choices...each one lends a different perspective.  The easel is one I found at Hobby Lobby.  The floater frames are ones I purchased through pictureframes.com.   If you decide to purchase through them, watch for sales popping up on the top left.

 Gold Leaf Floater frame
CFS3
 Maple Floater Frame
CFS10
Black Floater Frame
CF1

HAPPY CREATING!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"CHARLIE" 80/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

Charlie has been sold to his pet mom Jan.  Thanks Jan!!
"Charlie" is otherwise known as Charles Albert Dorian Grey.  He came to his pet mom; Jan Justice with those beautiful turquoise eyes and quite hostile, but after some time and love he became and affectionate...which his pet mom says was entirely worth it!  I loved painting my interpretation of those beautiful eyes!  He was fauvist from the get go!  The light in this photo that Jan sent me made for a dramatic and fun painting!  Charlie comes ready to frame or can sit on an easel.

Again, the color in Charlie's background is a fun apple green...I hope that is what you see on your monitors, but they can be so stubborn sometimes!

Charlie has his fun frame ideas below; including an easel that can be found at Hobby Lobby.



 These floater frames can be purchased through pictureframes.com in their floater frame section.  They are wood frames.  This one is the black  CF1

 Maple Floater Frame
CFS10
 Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3

HAPPY CREATING!

Monday, April 20, 2015

"LILLY" 79/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

This is "Lilly" .  Lilly has a wonderful story...On January of 2011, Ryan (Lilly's pet dad) and friends were paddling!!! They spotted Lilly on a bridge called LILLY Bridge (thus the name). They went to the homes around and no one claimed her...so he brought her home. She was pitiful, had a staff infection and mange!  Took several months to clear things up....and of course she's had 2 ACL surgeries! She (I'm told) has the sweetest little heart in the world and tries so hard to be a good girl!!!! But she get's so excited she can't stop jumping when she meets someone..."

I LOVE stories like this one...Lilly ended up having a wonderful family who loved her so much and took her in...I just had to give Lilly feminine colors...but, still a great fauvist painting!  ALL THAT COLOR!  FUN!  Lilly comes ready to frame or she can sit on an easel.

Below is Lilly in all her Lilly glory!  The frames are floater frames and can be found at pictureframes.com and the easel can be found at Hobby Lobby.

 Black Floater Frame
CF1
 Maple Floater Frame
CFS10
Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3

HAPPY CREATING!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

"LOTTIE" 78/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

Lottie lives in England and is home waiting for her parents, Tony Thompson and Sherry Shoaf to return to her after their stay in the U.S. She was rescued from her Mom, Fran, who had a terrible stroke and could not keep her anymore.  Lottie was a special pup to paint in the fauvist tradition with bright colors...a challenge to get her to show certain detail without too many strokes.  I found her fun to paint!  I hope she gets to her pet parents really soon!  Lottie is ready to frame or can sit on a small easel just as she is!  Shipping for Lottie is set for the US...it may be more for out of the country.

As I've been doing...giving each pet their due...showing them in different display options that I have...there can be many more...but I think it helps to see some examples!  The floater frames can be purchased through pictureframes.com.  The easel is from Hobby Lobby. 

 again...the green is a fun light apple green up top and a great tree green at bottom.  those crazy color changes on our monitors! 
 Black Floater Frame
CF1
 Maple Floater Frame
CFS10
Gold Leaf Floater Frame
CFS3

HAPPY CREATING!

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