At the beginning of the summer, I began to dabble in Pet Portraits. Well, let me be honest, Dog Portraits. I was asked by 4 Dog Kitchen if I would be interested in doing dog portraits for them if they opened a store front. Fear said maybe, but I love dogs–I have TWO–and I wanted to do them. I asked if I could practice them and immediately did a quick giveaway on my Instagram to five lucky winners. I wanted a mix of dogs and not just my girls to practice. I had painted my girls in watercolors, but I wanted to dabble in acrylics and find something new. Something that was my signature style.
It wasn’t long before I found DB Grove Art on Instagram. I found her use of palette knives intriguing….not to mention she is super nice and supportive. She encouraged me to give it go and I did. I wasn’t sure at first if I liked it or not. It takes a bit of paint, but the texture is worth it! I didn’t like it at first and thought…this is bust. Then I remembered the artist rule…..walk away. Come back later. I went to be and when I looked at it the next day, I was excited. I saw it for what it was and not for everything I kept thinking it wasn’t!
So, I moved on to my next one. My friend, Beth, has two dogs, so I let her send me both. She said pick what you want….well, I wanted both. They were completely different and both were black. Black in itself was a challenge. But one with super-wispy hair? Challenge accepted. I just finished these this past week.
I think I have found my style for portraits. I love working with the acrylic on canvas boards. I like the firmness of the board rather than the wrapped canvas. I love blending the colors to find just the right look. I also love the bright and colorful backgrounds.
I will be taking commissions for Pet Portraits for the holidays beginning September 1 through October 31. Home Portrait commissions for the holidays are currently open thru September 30.
Have a wonderful week!