2017 is off to a great start! My apologies for not posting for a while, the holiday season consumed all my time. Milo is a very handsome Australian Cattle Dog who lives in Savannah. I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this beautiful pup for his pet portrait.
After the drawing was finished and I was ready to paint, I decided to create a video of the painting process. The finished painting is 16x22. The video of Milo is several hours condensed into just under 1 minute. Please check it out and leave me a comment!
My impression of a magical photo taken by a dear friend. "Contemplating Existence" is a male Silverback Virunga Mountain gorilla, the patriarch of one of 11 families in the Rwandan mountains. I wanted to portray a whimsical storybook image of vulnerability no matter of your size.
My hopes are to bring attention to the real threat of humans poaching, diseases like Ebola, and climate change which is challenging their existence. Click here or more information http://art4apes.com/about/
A gift certificate was the perfect solution for my client who wanted to give a pet portrait as a gift. Teddy's owner provided me with their favorite photograph and I was able to work directly with her from the sketch to the final watercolor. Please contact me if you are interested in a Watercolor Gift Certificate ColleenThompsonArt@gmail.com or call if you have any questions 561-870-3347.
My first human portrait.
The skin has always been a little scary to me, I guess that's why I have always been comfortable painting my furry friends. A friend saw this photograph on my facebook page and encouraged me to paint it. So I played with a quick doodle and decided to give it a try. My model is a little girl who I adore and I was very familiar with her beautiful little face. Surprisingly... I actually had fun painting her! Now I love the challenge of painting people!
Angus might be small... but his personality is huge!
This is a small 8x10 watercolor painted on Arches 140lb cold press paper. This photo has so much personality that I actually felt I knew this little guy. I love the slight tilt of his head and direct eye contact. Because of the small size I eliminated the drawing and went straight to color. I wanted to convey the feel that Angus is actually looking and listening to you at the same time you are looking at his painting.
Cabo is a Colorado dog and was commissioned for a surprise birthday gift. Painting light colored dogs are always challenging, I have to use a darker background to make the light fur stand out.
I LOVE the demeanor of Goldendoodles so before I start a painting I like to read up on a breed to understand their nature a little better. Here are a few fun facts I found:
Black lab are always challenging because I do not use black paint. Betty was a Holiday Gift Certificate which was the perfect present. I was able to work directly with her owners to customize the color palette and mat choice to complement their home decor.
This was the first time I’ve met, let alone painted an Afghan Hound. I was struck by the magnificent beauty of this breed, so I did a little reach-search and thought I would share.
The Afghan Hound is thought to be one of the oldest of all domestic Dog breeds, with the first records of the Afghan Hound dating back to 4,000 BC.
Their gentle nature also made this elegant sighthound a doting shepherd, fearlessly protecting livestock from hungry predators. This beautiful but gently natured watchdog was brought to Britain in the early 1920s and it's entry to the USA followed in 1926. The elegance of the Afghan Hound meant that they quickly became highly desirable Dogs, both as pets and for show.
The most characteristic feature of this breed is the long, silky fur that covers the Afghan Hound's body, most notably on the top of it's head.
The temperament of the typical Afghan Hound tends to be aloof and dignified, but happy and intelligent and generally relatively playful.
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