Monday, February 6, 2012

Shih-tzu Portrait


Yay! Another dog portrait. A shih-tzu this time. :) Instead of a step-by-step of how I painted this one, I thought I'd show what I worked from. Sometimes it's a random snapshot a person had lying around. With pets especially, as long as the eyes aren't too over exposed, I can often work with it.

What do you think? I hear there are lots of shih-tzu-loving people out there. Should I print the new painting onto cards to sell in my Etsy shop? I think I may need to start painting other animals too. What animals would you like to see painted and printed onto cards? Maybe I should take a stab at something different!

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  1. This is so lovely! Of course you should do cards with it!

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  2. Thank you, Ollina! I think I should too. :)

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  3. I will definitely buy some cards if you make them! Of course, I'm a bit prejudice since the portrait is of Toby, our beloved Shih-tzu. Thank you Susan for blessing me with the opportunity to give such a wonderful gift to my husband for his upcoming birthday.

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    1. Kim, you're so welcome! I'm so happy to have worked on this for you. :)

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  4. Wonderful work! There's a great movement out there for ACEOs and ATCs... maybe you should try and print some?

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    1. Good idea Aloquin! I've done a number of original ACEO paintings and I haven't thought of doing prints yet. Maybe I need to really consider it. :)

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  5. What wonderful work -- you beautifully captured the spirit of that subject.

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  6. I was never quite happy when I worked with watercolors in art school. You however do a great job with this medium!

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    1. Thank you. Mechelle. It definitely took a while to get used to how they work. It makes it so that I can't use oil paints though...those take way too long to dry. :)

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  7. Adorable! I would love to see some Maine Coon cats on cards!! I am partial since my Miss Kitty is one!

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion, AnnMarie! Those are such pretty cats. I'll put it on my list. :)

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    2. The puppy lovers out there are gonna love this new direction you're taking.........Go for it

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  8. Looks just like that doggie. What a change from the background in the photo to your simple one. Really shows off the subject.

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    1. Thanks, for pointing that out, Sue! I wanted to show folks that you don't have to have a professional photo to still end up with a good portrait. Of course, a good clear photo is always best! :)

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  9. OH, so cute!!! I agree, you should do cards and any animal would be adorable. Wildlife like foxes, owls and most birds are really in right now.

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    1. Thanks, ZudaGay! I have also seen a bunch of owls, foxes, and birds lately... So much to consider! :)

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  10. so cute! my mom would love it as she is a shih-zu lover! I second Zuda above on the birds and owls and also add some hedgehogs!

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    1. Hedgehogs? So fun! Thanks for the idea. :)

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  11. Wow you got the likeness right on! Blessings Niki x

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  12. Wow, amazing work! What a gift you have!

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  13. Thanks for all the encouragement! I listed this painting as a set of cards... now to just get to all these other great ideas. :)

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/92572851/shih-tzu-watercolor-note-card-set

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