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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The lovely Bonnie Hunt was kind enough to have me back on her show to unveil contest winner Tricia Dudley’s new potrait. The show airs today, Friday, March 5th (you can check your local listings here) but you can click on the photo below for a little sneak peak. I come on about three minutes into the clip.

Chattin' with Bon before the reveal

A big thank you to Bonnie and her crew for having me on. They are just so incredibly nice and welcoming. I had so much fun! Even got to meet Gary Sinise’s dad in the parking lot. Not a bad day.

Thanks for watching!

-Aimée


For more info, please enjoy a tour of my online gallery at www.aimeehoover.com.

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After a brief stint in customs, Homer’s portrait made it safely all the way to Milan, Italy! And now that Vanessa has unwrapped her belated birthday gift from her (very thoughtful) husband, I can finally unveil Homer’s gorgeous, larger than life mug. All nine square feet of it:

Homer | 36 x 36in | Jan 2010

Hi Aimee,
Thank you so much for your good humor, your patience and your assistance in getting ‘Homer’ to us safe and sound. It has been a pleasure to ‘work’ with you over the past couple of months. Most of all, thanks for your hard work and artistry in producing such a magnificent portrait. When I saw the photograph of the portrait which you sent to me I thought it was great. When I saw the actual portrait itself it was really fantastic. – Bill

Dear Aimee,
Thanks from the bottom of my heart for one of the most wonderful birthday presents I could have wished for. The ‘new Homer’ will be treasured as a family heirloom. (I hope the ‘old Homer’ doesn’t get too jealous!) – Vanessa

Homer started out like all my portraits: on the floor.

Homer's humble beginnings


Then up on the easel he went.

There's that grid again (if you can see it)


One of my fav parts of painting: the initial painted sketch


The final background will be green, so in goes red first


Darkest areas go in first


Homer's Joker phase. (Purple and green.)


Warmer tones going in


First actual Golden Retriever-ish hues


Let there be light!


End of Joker phase


Warm coat colors go in. Homer's starting to look more like Homer.


A greenish background will compliment Homer's coat color really well.


Ended up chosing a bluish-green background. He's almost there...


Homer's final portrait. Signed & ready for it's voyage to Milan.


And here’s his portrait is arriving at Bill & Vanessa’s front door…finalmente! (All images compliments of Homer’s blog.

It's like he knows what's in there


The always important grass smell check


Awww. Good dog.


A-hem...how long do I have to sit here?


Birthday girl says time to crack it open!


Happy client and well-behaved (if not bored) Homer


One more look before taking it inside


Safe & sound: Homer, Homer's portrait and the photo I worked from


If you’d like to get to know Homer a little better, check out his blog. He’s always up to something.

And if you have your heart set on nine square feet of your own dog’s mug (or two or 20), check out my website www.aimeehoover.com and send me an email.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

-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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As someone whose occupation necessitates mass amounts of solitary time, walking to Starbucks during the work week qualifies as an actual “outing” (seriously).

So you can imagine my excitement when I got to be a part of The Bonnie Hunt Show this week…cartwheels!

I’m not even going to try to act cool about this whole thing and delete all my italics and exclamation points. It was a complete thrill!!! And the cast, crew – basically everyone we came in contact with – were all just as friendly and welcoming as Bonnie herself.

But even with three exclamation points, it’s hard to truly express how 1.) surreal it was and 2.) how grateful I feel to have even had this experience, considering what I do for a living. I mean, really – who invites dog artists to be on talk shows? Exactly.

The show airs this Monday, January 18th, 2010. You can check out Bonnie’s website for exact show times in your area.

In the meantime, here’s a few behind the scenes pics from zee best outing I have had since my last latté…

Parking spot just steps from the studio door...sweet.


I stole this.


Trying to act cool in my big dressing room.


NOT trying to act cool.


In hair & makeup. Elizabeth (right) and Kay (not in frame) were awesome.


Last hike of the jeans before being mic'd up.

Thanks, as always, for reading. (And for watching on Monday!)

-Aimée


Like to see more dog and cat paintings? Visit the online gallery at www.aimeehoover.com

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