Sunday, March 29, 2015

"GRIFFIN" 57/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

Griffin turned 14 last month.  He's a Sheltie who just loves people, and they love him right back (we've had multiple people tell us they're going to steal him away from us).  He is a medical office dog, greeting all the patients as they arrive and making them feel comfortable.  Griffin comes ready to frame or can sit on an easel as is.
My easel shot is real life...working hard in my studio! HA

Golf Leaf Floater frame idea 

Maple Floater Frame idea
Black Floater Frame suggestion

HAPPY CREATING!
 

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

"GABBY" 56/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

It was really important for me to do bright colors and strong contrast for Gabby (our terrier mix pup) because Gabby turned 12 today, March 28!  She's a medical office dog whose main goal is to convince all the patients to bring her dog treats. The rest of the time she sleeps and probably dreams about chasing turkeys and squirrels .HAPPY BIRTHDAY GABBY!!!

Gabby is painted with white (as I still like the strong contrast), but her background is a bright Granny Smith Apple green and she has fun orangey/red ears and lots of other color to boot!  Certainly a fauvist dog if ever I saw one!! Remember everyone's computer screen sees color a little differently, I'm sorry about that, but all I can do is describe!! 

Gabby's pet mom is Anne Marie and she LOVES her pet pup for sure!!  I just want to reach out and hug this special dog...she has cancer, so we SO wish her the very best life she can possibly have...and I'm SURE Anne Marie is making sure of that!!  You GO GABBY!!!

Gabby is so sweet in her frame ideas...I like to show them so you can all see how she could look in the different colors and even on her own in an easel!  The frames can be found at pictureframes.com in their floater frame section!


Gold Leaf Floater Frame CFS3

Black Floater Frame CF1

Maple Floater Frame CFS10

HAPPY CREATING!

Friday, March 27, 2015

"DEWEY" 55/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

SOLD to pet dad Mark Bettis
Thanks Mark!
Dewey was hilarious to paint!  He is a Corgi pup!  I loved his smile...made me laugh through the whole process!!  Mark loved his pet kids, so bought them right away...thanks Mark!!

I want to mention a little something about color.  As you know, every computer screen is different...and yours may read color a little differently than the real color of the painting.  I try to get it as accurate for my screen as possible, but I can't control what your screens show.  My husband's screen shows everything with a yellowish cast...YUCK!  SO, I want everyone to know that I use lots of bright colors like the fauvists did.  Like for example; Dewey's background is more like an apple green...really bright and fun...so, compare what you see with what I said and see what you think!

Dewey looked good in his frame examples...and even on the easel...FUN!


Gold Leaf Floater Frame CFS3

Maple Floater Frame  CFS10


Black floater frame CF1

HAPPY CREATING!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

"BO" 54/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Bo"
6"x6" oil on slightly textured panel
SOLD to Bo's pet dad Mark Bettis
Thanks Mark!
"Bo" was a special challenge as the pic was black/white...WHICH for value is excellent...and it was awesome that Mark sent me other color photos of Bo so I could get inspiration as to how I would paint him.  I told Mark that the colors that looked like brown were actually the result of my brush passing through the two brighter colors...I found it challenging to try to stay with bold strokes with the kind of fur that Bo had...but I ended up liking the end result...Bo is a sweet little Pomeranian pup.

I've been talking about the floater frames from pictureframes.com and I like them...but the other option I've mentioned is these 1/8" thick MDF panels would also do well sitting in an easel.  I had one laying around, and this is how they look...just fine and dandy in any decor!!  Just a few words about the different colors of frames.  Bo happens to look good in any of the choices, in the black it is a strong statement, in the Maple it looks a bit more contemporary, and in the Gold Leaf; my personal fav for this painting...it compliments some of the colors found in Bo's coat.  All fun choices though!!

and, there are the floater frame suggestions...:)
CF1 Black Floater Frame

CFS10  Maple Floater Frame

CFS3 Gold Leaf Floater Frame

HAPPY CREATING!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"HUDSON" 53/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

SOLD, thanks Jennifer!
Hudson is pet kid to Jennifer Jenkins and Bob Gursky.  I loved painting this dog in the fauvist tradition of bright colors and simple broad brushstrokes.  All that beautiful warm color on this dog!  Hudson is an 80 lb rescue dog and looks like a sweetheart!  He is painted in oil on 1/8" thick panel and comes to you ready to frame or sit on a small easel.
Frames can be found at pictureframes.com in their floater frame section.All these frames are 6"x6" inside measurement.
CF1 Black Floater Frame

CFS3 Gold Leaf Floater Frame

CFS10 Maple Floater Frame

HAPPY CREATING!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"DOOLIN" 52/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

By now I'm sure you can see a pattern of sorts that has come through in my work on these pets.  I find I am fond of keeping whites where the animal is white as it is the lightest value I can come up with...but, if you really look closely, there is little that remains pure white as my brush pulls color around.  I also love to play with background colors...bright or straight from the tube...I will darken areas or lighten them, but I DO like those straight colors as the fauvist's did.  I will, and have with Doolin brighten a color that I "see" inside these animals...their eyes remain the same, but the rest is stronger and brighter.  FUN!

Doolin was a pet baby of my sister Terri Johnson's family.  Her brother brought him home as a rescue dog and he remained faithful and a guard dog the rest of his life!  He was especially fond of Terri's father and brother.  I love to see these animals rescued to go on and be wonderful companions and family members to others who will love them so!

Doolin has his own set of frame ideas as with the rest.  You can find frames like these "floater frames" at pictureframes.com in their floater frame sections.



HAPPY CREATING!

Monday, March 23, 2015

"HARLEY MISS DAVIDSON" 51/101 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

I just love this cat's name!!  She is pet cat to my brother and sister in law David and Terri Johnson; who so kindly supplied me with her photo and story!

Harley Miss Davidson is a special cat to her pet parents David and Terri Johnson.  Here she is in all her glory hanging her head over a surface.  She is so named as her purr is SO loud it sounds like a motorcycle!  Her favorite spots are in front of the fireplace and in between her pet parents; especially when they pray...she just purrs along with them!

Love Harley...she looks interesting in all her frame choices from pictureframes.com.  Check them out in their floater frame section!



HAPPY CREATING!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

"CORKIE" 50/100 OF 101 PET PORTRAITS IN 101 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Corkie" is a special pup that's pet parents who sent in the photo are David and Terri Johnson; my brother and sis in law.  They gave Corkie to Terri's mother who was quite ill, and he remained her beautifully loving companion throughout the rest of her life.  Corkie was born to a Cocker Spaniel mom and a Dachshund dad.  The Cocker owners of Corkie's mom weren't too happy with this situation, but how can anyone be upset at the loving dog Corkie was!! 

Corkie needed bright colors to compliment his bright personality...also keeping in tune with the fauvist flair as I have been doing.

Here is Corkie in all his glory with the frame ideas from pictureframes.com in their floater frame section.
Black floater frame CF1

Maple floater frame CFS10

Gold Leaf floater frame CFS3

SO, I don't know if you have noticed that I have changed the name of my project...it has gone from 100 Pet Portraits in 100 Days to 101 Pet Portraits in 101 Days.  That was NOT a typo.  I have gotten a special photo from my co-grandma and awesome friend Diana Grimes of her wonderful Dalmation pup called Domino.  SO, she had the awesome idea to change the name to 101 and have Domino cap it all off and I LOVED IT!!  SO, from now on this is 101 Pet Portraits in 101 Days!  FUN!!

We are now JUST SHY of the half way mark, so if you want to see all the pets to vote on this section, friend me on facebook and you can see the whole 10!  

HAPPY CREATING!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

"PEEPERS" 49/100 OF 100 PET PORTRAITS IN 100 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

"Peepers" is a soft little sweetheart for sure!  Her pet parents are Dave and Terri Johnson; my brother and sis in law!  They no longer have Peepers because they think a neighbor loved her so much they just had to have her, but none the less, they have fond loving memories of her.  I hear that she did NOT like to take any pills.  She would hold it in her mouth for 5 minutes and would then spit it out! HA.  This story made me laugh when painting Peepers!

This little sweetie was a challenge for me as it became so blurry by the time I cropped it and blew it up so I could see...I admit I had to work on her a few times.  At first I didn't see that she had a dark area to the left as she was the same value as the carpet behind her...but, I finally figured out her shape and on I went.

Here is our little Peepers in her frame suggestions!  Remember you can find these floater frames at pictureframes.com!
Gold Leaf Floater Frame CFS3
Black Floater Frame CF1

Maple Floater Frame CFS10

Tomorrow I am going to change this project just a little...I'm tickled at the thought of it...stay tuned!

HAPPY CREATING!
 


Friday, March 20, 2015

"BIG MAMMA PINK" 48/100 OF 100 PET PORTRAITS IN 100 DAYS © SAUNDRA LANE GALLOWAY

This was a fun couple of paintings for me.  Laura Alsman; the pet mom to Big Mamma was so sweet when I told her I wanted to use pinks to paint her baby.  At first it was going to just be the pink cow, but then I thought how cool it would be to paint Big Mamma like I would do in the fauvist fashion; with the darks being dark purples and blues...and THEN, in order to show how it is more important to get the VALUES correct than color.  Value is the light and dark in a painting.  SO, I worked REALLY HARD to keep the drawing as exactly the same as the first Big Mamma so you would not be distracted by a different drawing, and focus on how BIG MAMMA reads cow no matter her color.  It was a fun thing to do!!  Check them out side by side!
Big Mamma Pink has her frame choices as well.  I find that I go back and forth on which is my favorite. 
Black Floater Frame CF1

Gold Leaf Floater Frame CFS3

 Maple Floater Frame CFS10 

These floater frames can be found at pictureframes.com in their floater frame section.  These are the least expensive of these wood frames at $26.40 each with $16.75 shipping.  I've been on them about their shipping costs, but haven't won yet! HA.  IF you do end up buying a frame from them you might mention you'd buy more if shipping wasn't as much! 

HAPPY CREATING!


 

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