How do I ACTUALLY Paint my Dog Portraits? Part Two of Tools & Techniques I employ to make your painting.

I begin to paint.  In my last post, we talked about the tools and techniques I employ to get the drawing of your dog onto my painting surface. (you can find it here).  In this second post, I’ll be writing about the actual painting of the canvas.

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How Do I ACTUALLY Make My Dog Paintings? The Nitty-Gritty about my Tools & Techniques.

How Do You Actually Make Your Dog Paintings?  is a question I’m asked from time to time.  I’m always happy to chat through my portrait process, but here’s a post that goes a little bit deeper into the techniques I employ.

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Doggy Day Care with me, IN MY STUDIO & HOME A natural progression

It’s fair to say that my world is definitely a dog-centred one.  I paint them daily, learn about them for fun, fall to my knees to greet them in the park (this actually happens) and adore my own, Barney as much as I do my children.

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The Joys of WATERING (I told you I was a novice)

Last week I planted, actually planted a Magnolia Solangeana Tree (absolutely all by myself - apart from a little lifting help from my neighbours).  I am chuffed to nuts with it and my heart swelleth with pride each time I see it through the window.

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New Canvas Sizes, A Perfect Answer.

Sometimes, over-thinking a problem doesn’t help.

For about 5/6 months now, I’ve been considering a change to my prices and loathing even the thought of doings so.  I am so comfortable with them, they have a great uptake and happily seem to be in the sweet-spot of acceptance for those wishing to have their dogs inmortalised in paint forever.

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Does Your Dog Do Silly Things?

I absolutely love to see dogs doing silly things but sometimes they are just not silly enough - to counteract this, I'm going all out silly woofers in a new collection of paintings I'm working on.

As I am sure you have recognised now, I'm a bit in love with my own dog, Barney and pretty much everyone else's too.      I've always loved them, they just make me so happy.  

With this in mind and from all the studying I have been doing for my bespoke dog portraits (www.ipaintdogs.com) I'm going to go doggier crazy and mix them into my paintings.  Dog Groomers, Elvis Dogs, Dogs on a day out - all are in the planning stage but for now, I thought I'd show you some of the paintings I've just finished - you can see them under 'Fun Dog Paintings'.

Am utterly delighted to report that they are going down a storm.

Woof!  Sam x 

'Happy Doggy Bus'

'Happy Doggy Bus'

'Circle Time'

'Circle Time'

'Dog Park'

'Dog Park'

Monkey See, Monkey Do.  Helping Our Teenagers to Keep Creative.

Teenagers and drawing, it all begins to drop off at this age.  The freedom our children once enjoyed via exploratory drawing begins to wane about 10 – 12yrs old, it’s natural but it’s also a shame.  Is your teenager still creating?  If not, here are some tips to stimulate them into action.

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