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Pet Portraits by Aimée (www.aimeeehoover.com) website re-design

My new & improved online gallery


After years of “re-design apathy” and a solid month of hard work, I finally have a brand new website! Among other things, the new site incorporates this blog, so this is the last post at dogarteest.wordpress.com. From now on you can just go to ONE site to see what’s new. What a thought.


To check out the new site, hop on over to www.aimeehoover.com and read the blog post announcing the new look.

See you there…and thanks for reading!

-Aimée

Like everyone one else I know, I’m a total sucker for Golden Retrievers. So I was quite excited when Heather contacted me to paint her dog, Teva Jo.

Heather found out about my twitter portrait contests through her friend/my twitter follower, Janet, who is also the fabulous and friendly veterinary medicine guide on about.com. A mere 227 days later (yeesh, thank you for your patience, Heather!), Teva’s completed portrait made it’s way to Washington.

Here’s Teva Jo, step by step, plus some of Heather’s fun unveiling pics towards the bottom. Hope you enjoy them…

Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest

Teva Jo | 2010 | 24in x 30in | Acrylic on canvas

My expectations for a portrait of Teva based on Aimée’s talent were high. And I thought capturing what only we see, as Teva’s parents, would be a challenge. My original thought was to do a Sepia (black and white) portrait of an expression of Teva’s that only a few select individuals see. It is that of a very spoiled golden gazing at us and wondering what the next event for Ms. Teva might be. So I was surprised to see Aimee’s email, half-way through the process, saying she was concerned with the non-color portrait. She said it didn’t capture Teva’s subtle details to the degree she felt comfortable with and wanted approval to start over (a true artist she is) in color. And that is when I knew that it was going to be fantastic.

A weekend of Birthday celebrations had the portrait waiting quietly in the living room for the right moment. I don’t’ know why but I feared disappointment. Kind of like wanting a bike for your birthday and getting a hippity hop instead (sheesh, did I show my age?). Finally peace in the house and I decided I needed to see the portrait. Holding my breath my husband pealed the paper from the portrait and lifted the painting in front of me. I gasped for air and then the tears flew. He said ‘Do you like it?’ The silent, tear-dripping nod of approval was all he needed.

A friend visiting this weekend saw it later in the evening of unveiling. She said… ‘Wow, if I were in a gallery and saw this I’d say HEY, that’s Teva!’

We love it. The talent that Aimée posses is to take a photo of your beloved pet and make it even more real that one could imagine. I find myself wanting to reach out and scratch the chin in the portrait. It’s remarkable, breathtaking and tear-jerking. I’m so amazed and touched. (Mark was too, to my surprise.) Now, our only challenge is finding the perfect place to hang the beauty!

Thanks again Aimée, it was worth the wait! When in Washington, be sure to look us up!

– Heather M., Spokane, WA

Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest

Teva Jo | 2010 | 24in x 30in | Acrylic on canvas


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest

She nailed the zip code. Let's see if she did the same with my likeness.


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest

It seems this card is address to you, Heather...


Golden Retriever

Thank you for my thank you note. It's quite tasty...


Golden Retriever portrait, "Teva" by Aimee Rolin Hoover, zee Dog Arteest

Teva: I've heard of larger than life but this is ridiculous.


Thanks, as always, for reading. And if you’re interested in having a portrait of your own, please check out my website below and shoot me an email.

-Aimée


- View dozens of custom dog (and a few cat) portraits at www.aimeehoover.com
- Visit my fan page on Facebook.
- Find me on twitter as DogArteest.
- Or yell Aimée (“A-may”) really loud out the window if you live in the South Bay.

Taking photos of my “subjects” is one of my favorite things about the pet portrait process. Especially with dogs as awesome and handsome as Rickee. Thought I’d share a few snapshots from our recent session this past weekend on a beautiful day in the backyard. Hope you enjoy them!

Australian Shepherd Athena - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Waiting.


Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

What's better that being greeted by dogs? Being greeted by muffins.


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

So, you're saying if I sit, I'll get a treat?


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Squirrel!


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

OK, how's this?


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

That was easy.


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

How 'bout a profile?


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Don't mind if I do...


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Yum.


Australian Shepherd Athena - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Can a girl get in on this treat action?


Australian Shepherd Athena - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Soooo...you're saying if I sit, I'll get a treat?


Australian Shepherd Rickee & Athena - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Done.


Australian Shepherd Rickee & Athena - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Yum.


Australian Shepherd Athena - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Hug break!


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

I call this Senior Portrait.


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

This is my Blue Steel look. I stole it from Zoolander.


Australian Shepherd Rickee - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

I'm purposely ignoring you. 200 photos should be enough.



And he was right. On to the tough part: sorting through ALL of them to find the best portrait worthy shot.

Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Decisions, decisions...


Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Looks like Blue Steel is a possible contender...


Australian Shepherd Athena - Photo by Pet Portraits by Aimée Hoover

Meanwhile, Arteest is claimed by love bug, Athena



Can’t wait to hear which photo my clients pick for Rickee’s portrait. But he’s such a photogenic pup…I don’t envy their decision!

If you’re curious to see the first aussie I ever painted, check out “Patou’s” portrait on my website.

Thanks, as always, for your interest in my work. New work coming soon!

-Aimée



For more information on custom portraits, please visit my online gallery at www.aimeehoover.com.

The latest twitter portrait of Tallulah, a loveable American bulldog, has finally made its way home to New York. Hope you enjoy these great unveiling pics courtesy of Jenah (@parrisreddog on twitter), “Lulu’s’ owner.

American bulldog dog portrait by Aimée Hoover

Is this for me??


American bulldog dog portrait "Talullah" by Aimée Hoover

Ah, c'mon...just check out that expertly packed shipping box.


American bulldog dog portrait "Talullah" by Aimée Hoover

Hmmm...this looks familiar.


American bulldog dog portrait "Talullah" by Aimée Hoover

Yay!

AIMEE!!!!!!
 It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Like stunningly so! I think I forgot how good your work is, and then for it to be our Louie! (Tallulah = Lulu = Louie!) I just can’t wait to get it! Thank you so much! My husband is unbelievably impressed too! We really love it! – Jenah

American bulldog dog portrait "Talullah" by Aimée Hoover

Either Tallulah approves of the portrait or the camera guy's holding a cookie.


American bulldog dog portrait "Talullah" by Aimée Hoover

Awww....love this shot.


Thanks, as always, for your interest in my work. Next portrait up on this blog will be of a sweet Golden retriever named Teva Jo…so stay tuned!

-Aimée



For more information on custom portraits, please visit my online gallery at www.aimeehoover.com.

Tallulah | 16in x 16in | May 2010 | Acrylic on canvas


Meet Tallulah! She’s a sweet American bulldog and was the winner (along with her human, Jenna) of last December’s twitter portrait contest. Yes, it’s taken me over five months to get to her, but Talullah is finally finished. A big thank you to all my tweeps, especially Jenna, for your patience!

Here’s her portrait being created, step by step….


As always, grid goes in first thing


Initial sketch of Tallulah (aka: Lulu)


Going over the initial sketch with black paint


Doing some color blocking as the underpainting


Throwing down some initial highlights


In the zone and forgot to take photos between this step and previous ; )


Getting close, but need a warm background color...hmmmm....


Pinkish orange it is...but still needs some more detail


Tallulah | 16in x 16in | May 2010 | Acrylic on canvas


Thanks, as always, for reading. And to check out all other eight twitter portraits winners, please click here. Interested in having a portrait of your own? Please check out my website below, or poke around on this blog and shoot me an email.



-Aimée


www.aimeehoover.com

Scout and Gracie

Left to right: Scout, arteest, happy client, Gracie.


Words can’t express how much joy you brought to me with these…I LOVE them!!!!!!! I’m absolutely thrilled beyond belief. Our day [unwrapping the portraits] was one of those life moments of pure bliss and joy. I just adore them! – Wendy

I met Wendy, the lovely owner of Scout and Gracie, through the 2009 Pasadena Animal League’s event Artistic License, a fabulous daytime event benefitting the Pasadena Humane Society.

Wendy was generous enough to get severely entangled in a bidding war for a custom dog portrait by yours truly. And she won! And many, many animals also won that day since they received much needed care at the Pasadena Humane Society because of her generosity. Thank you, Wendy!

By the time I started Scout’s portrait, Wendy had adopted another pup named Gracie. So we decided to include her in the festivities and paint her portrait too. (We have one more pup to go this Summer, then she’ll have a complete set.)

Here’s each portrait being created, step by step. Hope you enjoy the pics…


Humble portrait beginnings...flat on the floor


Blue underpainting for Scout's tawny fur, red for the grass


Grid and sketched outline goes in


Painted outline (and a little white tooth) goes in


Starting to paint Scout's golden-colored fur


Filling in his body with color and adding eye details at this stage


Getting there...


Highlights starting to define his shape more


Trying out the green for the eventual grass background


Scout's final portrait | 30in x 30in | 2010

And here’s Gracie’s

First splotch of paint for Gracie


Initial sketch goes in over a red & blue underpainting (like Scout's)


Initial black, painted outline...


Small hints of brown here and there


Adding a few highlights early in the process


Still in a sea of red & blue, but more warm coat color defining her shape


Gracie's starting to actually look like Gracie. Little green goes in...


Went a little too light on her fur...going to correct that and put in grass


Gaging grass color and how light/dark I want it


Almost there...fixed her coat color


Gracie's final portrait | 30in x 22in | 2010


Scout & Gracie

Thanks, as always, for reading. And if you’re interested in having a portrait of your own, please check out my website below and shoot me an email.

-Aimée


View dozens of custom dog (and a few cat) portraits at www.aimeehoover.com.

Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Sadie pup! Winner of the Bonnie Hunt Show pet portrait contest


The Portrait is just stunning! I cannot stop smiling at it, you captured her perfectly. All of the little details, the twinkle in her eye, the tiny whiskers on her nose and of course her lovely pink collar, it all just comes together so beautifully. I feel so lucky to have been chosen for the contest and I cannot thank you enough, I feel like I should send you some cookies or something! (That is the kind of art work that I do). Thank you thank you thank you! – Tricia Dudley


I had such a blast working with The Bonnie Hunt Show on the pet portrait contest. The whole experience from beginning to end was just AWESOME. In case you missed Sadie’s national unveiling on the show last week, here’s the clip:



I’m so grateful to Bonnie, Don and K for their interest in my work. Giving a dog painter a little air time is not something the average show does. But perhaps even more thankful is my husband, who was gleefully reminded what his wife looked like with make-up. And showered. Win-win!

Here’s how Sadie’s portrait came together, step by step, for her national debut:


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

My reference photo of Sadie


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Starting out pretty dark for a richer portrait. (Will lighten up as I go).


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Sketching in Sadie's outline


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Some of the darkest areas (eyes, muzzle, neck) go in


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Pink collar & darker brown tones on the face


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Starting to put in some lighter colors/highlighted areas


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Decide to add some red back in to warm up her fur


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Getting there. Some collar detail and warmer tones still going in


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Sadie is just starting to pop after lighter fur colors start to go down


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Just some background and a little collar detail to go


Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie by Aimée Hoover

Sadie's final portrait


In the studio with the Bonnie Hunt Show portrait of Sadie

In the studio with Sadie


A big thank you to Tricia, for taking such a great photo of Sadie for me to work with and for entering the contest. A stellar photo like Tricia’s makes my job easy.

If you’d like to have a portrait reveal of your own pet, feel free to check out my website www.aimeehoover.com and shoot me an email.

Thanks, as always, for reading (and watching).

-Aimée


To view dozens of dog (and a few cat) portraits, please enjoy a tour of my online gallery at www.aimeehoover.com.

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