Considering portrait painters, pleasing the beholder
Normally, what she specializes in is painting portraits of dogs, horses, and cats but what she would like to try is painting other kinds of animals. Her home is in the Maplewood section of the borough and there is a studio where this tall and slender woman lives. The artist loves art and animals too and so five years ago she thought about combining them.
Her latest project is of a horse running across a field as she has now begun painting the entire animal because in the past she only painted the heads of the animals. She has been able to make two or more of them and even if the typical portrait is of a single animal they make for interesting compositions. She paints pets for people and when they tell others about it these people then ask her to paint more than one of their pets.
There was a woman with three wolfhounds who commissioned a portrait for each. In this case, each on is as different as people. What she brings to dog and horse shows are her business cards, camera, and portfolio. When it comes to animal portraiture, what is important is the knowledgeable use of a camera considering how you do not have a model that will not hold still and pose. Each subject of hers is shot using one or two rolls of film and then the pictures are used when she paints. She also believes it is very important to spend time with the animal, handling it if possible, both to see the true color of its coat and to perceive its character.
And I like to get the relationship between the owner and the animal, and see how the owner views him. She combines her personal view of the animal with theirs and captures it as closely as possible. The conformation of the animal should be presented correctly and when it comes to a portrait a key feature that conveys the personality of the animal is the expression in its eyes.
There are times when conformation is vital especially with show animals. It is important that you have knowledge of the correct conformation other than knowing a lot of animals. Possible to gain from animal portraiture is much satisfaction. At the unveiling, he was pleased enough not to be able to stop chuckling and shaking his head.
What people do is commission portraits of their own beloved pets or order them so that they could gift them to other animal lovers. After the animal has died, experts say that the portraits serve to become a special keepsake for the owner. If the pictures are good enough, artists can make portraits like these from photographs alone and she herself has been able to paint the portrait of a deceased pet in the past.
Pastels, oils, and pencil are her mediums of choice. When she works, she focuses on one project at a time. Specific time frames are things she avoids for artists never work well when put under pressure. Her portrait limit per month is one to two pieces. On the weekends is when she gives herself a break from painting considering that she tries to paint everyday and because she knows that painting can take a toll on the painter she tries to take a break after finishing each painting.