Pet Painting #38 Jake and His Coat

“Jake” Acrylics on 12×12 canvas

 Here is what Jake’s mom has to say about him-

“We lost Jake last month, and I would love for you to paint him. He was the most love able dog I have ever met! He wasn’t very old, but he had an old soul. He LOVED the coat he is wearing; I actually had a back up coat he could wear when I was washing one. . .I would look out the window and he would be chasing squirrels, running from tree to tree, with his coat on, of course.”

While painting this, I was thinking of Jake chasing squirrels in the afterlife, still wearing his stylish fur trimmed coat.

This week, I visited my local art supply store, Hartung Gallery in Portsmouth VA.  It’s a small family owned business, and they have a great selection and really good prices for such a small establishment.  

Sometimes, Mr. Hartung will get his hands on items from bigger stores that are closing down or getting rid of extra inventory, and he always sells them for a much lower price.  I found a set of Golden brand Open slow drying acrylics, and decided to give them a try.  


If you happen to paint with acrylics, but like the work-ability of oils, these are the perfect middle ground.  I also purchased a Masterson sta-wet palette, and it’s another thing that I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get.  The combination of the two makes using acrylics a lot easier and less wasteful.  


Masterson Sta-Wet Palette




Pet Painting #37 Playing With Color

I decided to do something a little different with this one and had some fun with the background colors. The reference photo didn’t have a very interesting background, and I always think of Chihuahuas as having very colorful personalities, so I mixed a few bold colors and overlapped them to make a cool effect. I also kept the painting pretty loose because I kept getting caught up in the details of the dog’s face too much.  I switched to a larger brush, and that seemed to do the trick!

Pet Painting #36 Timon and Pumbaa

timon and pumbaa
“Timon and Pumbaa” Acrylic on 8×8 canvas panel

 Today is a mini painting of two mini pets!

Timon and Pumbaa are two gerbils that have their own blog, where they tell the world about their daily adventures climbing, chewing, going on vacation. . . you know, gerbil stuff.  They are super cute and have just as much personality as animals that are 100 times their size.

Visit their blog, A Gerbil’s World, and see what they are up to now.

Pet Painting #35 Lucy at the Beach

“Lucy at the Beach” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

I was given permission to post the full painting, so here’s Lucy!

She passed away, and her owner requested a painting as a gift to her husband.  Doesn’t she look happy standing in the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico with the sun shining on her face and the waves lapping at her ankles?  If I were a dog, I would want to be this dog.

Pet Painting #34 The Babysitter

the babysitter
“The Babysitter” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

Dogs and babies. . is there anything better?

I’m still working on getting a good time lapse video.  The quality just isn’t very good for some reason, so I’ll be combing Google and YouTube for the next few days to figure it out.  Here is another one for you. Kind of a crumby video, but it’s still fun!