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  • Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.
  • Cat Portrait : Kona WIP #1

    October
    10
    2008

    custom cat portrait orange tabby work in progress leanne wildermuth

    I’ve begun a new cat portrait! This is Kona, an orange tabby. My client chose the background color, which I think is really going to set off her beautiful coat color, and also go well with the other portraits I’ve already completed once they’re hung together in an arrangement! (Elsie, Badger, Jambalaya and now Kona. Taysia Blue, another husky in the family, will have her portrait done eventually, as well.)

    I’ve used a mixture of both Sap and Olive green for this background color, lightening it up a bit using Naples Yellow Light, which is a very beautiful creamy color that warms the greens around her face.

    I’ll be working on her underpainting today, so look for that over the next day or two.

    Lab Portrait : Caesar Complete

    August
    18
    2008

    custom black lab dog portrait painting leanne wildermuth

    Caesar’s portrait is complete, pending client proofing. You may notice I’ve changed the collar from blue to red – a last minute tweaking that makes him even a little more bold against the canvas.

    Enjoy!

    Lab Portrait : Caesar WIP #2

    August
    14
    2008

    black lab dog portrait custom art leanne wildermuth

    Here’s Caesar’s underpainting. If you’re curious, I don’t use any black in my paintings at all. I haven’t in quite some time. Since there is no “black” in nature, my black consists of various combinations of indigo with raw umber, sap green and/or magenta. I think this produces a much more natural portrait with true earth tones.

    You can see that my reference photos aren’t really “perfect”, but I wanted you to see that sometimes, if it’s all you have, it can still work. A few photos that show me personality, coat length and color and a bit of eye color, and I can usually fill in the rest. I know how important it is that the end result replace those photos with a clear, lifelike memory of a pet.

    That said, I’ve got Caesar speed drying and I’m going to try to finish his portrait tomorrow afternoon.

    Lab Portrait : Caesar WIP #1

    August
    12
    2008

    Black lab dog portrait custom oil painting leanne wildermuth

    I’ve finished the background on Caesar’s portrait. The sides of the piece are a bit darker and makes a nice border frame on the wrapped canvas. I’ll work in the underpainting when this is dry (hopefully tomorrow afternoon).

    Custom Dog Portrait : Caesar Sketch

    August
    11
    2008

    dog portrait sketch black lab painting original custom art leanne wildermuth
    I’ve started a new portrait today, this is Caesar. He’s a black lab, and I’ll be painting his background (blue), which is really going to set off his portrait nicely. I’ll post another update on this painting after I work in the background.

    Custom Cat Portrait : Soubi

    July
    29
    2008

    custom cat painting portrait orange tabby kitty leanne wildermuth
    I’ve gone and snuck in another painting on you – this is Soubi, a sweet little baby orange tabby kitty. It’s a 4×4 painting, so not very big – and I’ve been working it in as I’ve been working on Tucker’s portraits.

    Custom Dog Portrait : Tucker 5×7 Complete

    July
    29
    2008

    custom dog portrait golden retreiver painting leanne wildermuth

    I finished up Tucker’s second portrait today, the 5×7. I’ve got a photo of both of the paintings side by side so you can see them both completed.

    custom dog portrait golden retreiver painting leanne wildermuth

    Custom Dog Portrait : Tucker Complete

    July
    28
    2008

    dog portrait golden retriever oil painting custom art leanne wildermuth

    I’ve just completed Tucker’s 8×10 portrait, so the painting is still wet and pending any minor tweaking. I’ve taken a photo of the finished piece beside the underpainting of his 5×7 portrait so you can see the difference between the underpainting and completed piece. Quite a change, huh?

    dog portrait golden retriever oil painting custom art leanne wildermuth

    Two more paintings to complete this week, and three blog designs. Color me yellow and add some black stripes!

    Custom Dog Portraits : Tucker WIP #4

    July
    23
    2008

    golden retriever painting dog oil portrait art leanne wildermuth

    Tucker’s neckerchiefs are pretty much complete (tiny details will be enhanced in the last session). The next step after this area has dried is to get that final coat done. I’ll enhance/deepen the eyes and nose and then start applying his top coat of fur. His Golden Retriever locks will curl over the top of his neckerchief and give his portrait that dimensionality that he’s lacking right now.

    Indigo takes longer to dry than any other color – so I’ve got them under a fan to try to speed things along.

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