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  • A Girl and Her Bunny : WIP #3


    A girl and her bunny portrait kisses love painting progress by Leanne Wildermuth

    I’ve completed Stacie & Foo Foo’s portrait under-painting today, working in the base skin tone and shadows for further refinement in the next painting session.

    I went at it a little earlier than I should have, my background wasn’t quite dry so I retouched that as well once I finished. I’ve got it sitting under the fan to expedite drying time so that I can finish this portrait yet this week.


    A Girl and Her Bunny : WIP #2


    girl bunny kiss portrait oil painting progress by Leanne Wildermuth
    Front view

    girl bunny kiss portrait oil painting progress by Leanne Wildermuth
    Side view

    I’ve got the background and sides painted on Stacie & Foo Foo’s portrait, now this will have a day or two to dry and I’ll get the rest of the under painting completed and update again with another progress shot.


    A Girl and Her Bunny : WIP #1


    girl bunny kiss love portrait progress by Leanne Wildermuth

    This is a sketch on canvas of Stacie and Foo Foo – I’ll be starting their portrait this afternoon in oils. The gallery wrapped canvas size is 8″ x 8″ so it’s a nice size and will be so cute!

    Bunny kisses are THE BEST KIND!

    Effee : Greyhound Portrait WIP #2


    greyhound portrait oil painting progress by Leanne Wildermuth

    I worked a bit more on Effee’s portrait today, getting her under painting complete and enhancing the dark shadows in the rug. She’s coming along quite nicely!

    It will be a few days before I can paint in the furs in her coat so check back at the beginning of next week to see the finished painting.

    Effee : Greyhound Portrait WIP #1


    Greyhound dog portrait progress by Leanne Wildermuth

    I’ve begun a new dog portrait in oils, Effee. She’s a gorgeous greyhound who recently passed away. It’s such a sweet, peaceful pose. I know I typically share the sketch first, but I went straight into painting without any hesitation to get the background worked in. I have a bit more to do on the rug/blanket that she’s lying on, I’ll do that while I work in her coats under painting.

    I’m working this on an 8″ x 10″ canvas panel, so she’ll be matted and framed to a larger finished size.

    Portfolio Updates!


    custom dog portrait chocolate lab oil painting art by Leanne Wildermuth
    Just a note to let you all know that I’ve just added 14 (FOURTEEN!!!) projects to my portfolio! You can view them all here: Leanne’s Portfolio

    …and by all means, if you’ve got a project included in my portfolio, feel free to leave a comment! All of my weekly portrait giveaways, blog designs and paintings are present and accounted for.

    Happy browsing!

    Custom Dog Portrait : Mookie Complete


    chocolate lab dog portrait oil painting by Leanne Wildermuth
    I finished Mookie’s portrait today! This is a beautiful chocolate lab who lives up in Canada. She is a well loved older dog, and so I reversed time just a smidge for her and took away her cataracts, giving her back those beautiful golden brown lab eyes.

    She’s painted in oil on a 6″ x 6″ canvas panel, not a wooden stair, though it does look that way.

    I’ll post the scanned portrait once she’s dry and varnished!

    Interested in commissioning your own custom portrait?
    Purchase a portrait package right here in my shop and get your project started today!

    Dog Portrait Sketch : Mookie WIP #2


    dog portrait chocolate lab painting progress by Leanne Wildermuth

    I’ve begun painting Mookie’s portrait. As you can see from the photo I’m working from, I’m cleaning it up quite a bit, dropping the noise out of the background and foreground, and I’ll be bringing out a lot more detail in her fur as well. Since she’s a chocolate lab, the green background (sap, my favorite) paired with the ochre in the wood will really be gorgeous against her coat.

    dog portrait chocolate lab painting progress by Leanne Wildermuth

    Here’s a close up of her portrait progress – wet paint!

    Dog Portrait Sketch : Mookie


    chocolate lab portrait sketch by Leanne Wildermuth
    Meet Mookie, a chocolate lab portrait that I’ve just begun. This 6″ x 6″ dog portrait (available as a custom portrait package here in my shop) is on a canvas panel and I’ll be working it in oils.

    This sketch of her is a bit rough (and also, taken with my brand spanking new camera, which I’ll tell you all about tomorrow!), the photos are saturated with shadow so I’ll bring out the highlights in her gorgeous brown coat as I paint her.

    I am loving this pose, with her front paws hanging over the ledge of a stair – I’ll work the background in first and show you when it’s finished.

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