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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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Samantha | 14 x 18 | Acrylic on canvas | Dec 2009

Xmas eve with the Johnstons
Every holiday season, my husband and I visit the Johnston’s home on Christmas Eve. They are dear friends of my husband’s family and have hosted an open house on that evening for 30 or 40 years. They are fantastic, welcoming people. As are the rest of the families that attend, without fail, every year.

They’ve had a long standing tradition of taking photos of each family every year and displaying all these photos in the family room. Each year you can see everyone growing up, eventually getting married, having kids of their own, then watching their kids grown up, etc. All on display on this photo wall.

When I first attended their party back when S and I were just dating (about 14 years ago), his family and I were arranging ourselves for that year’s photo and I ended up square in the middle. Mr Johnston, camera in hand, ran up to me, moved me by my shoulders to the edge of the line up and declared, “We’ll put ya on the end in case we have to cut you out of the picture later! HA!” Apparently, there was a lot of turnover in the photos over the years.

Then one year, after S and I had been dating for quite a while (and were receiving our share of “when’s the wedding date??”), we attended the party alone without S’s folks. Again, Mr. Johnston was about to snap our photo when he paused, lowered the camera and proclaimed that we were “missing something.” He darted out of the room and returned carrying a 6 year old kid and thrust her into my arms. He took the picture.

Surprise present
Needless to say, I adore this family and I thought it was time to do something special for them, aside from baking yet another batch of cookies. We’ve eaten their tasty food, drank their booze and enjoyed the warmth of their company every year for almost 15 years. So I painted Samantha, their cute Shih Tzu, for them as a surprise gift and gave it to them at the end of the party this year. No unveiling pics this time but here’s Samantha’s stage by stage painting process…

Samantha gets sketched in

Laying out her face plus a little warm colored under-painting

Fluffy warm colored fur and darker, brown-ish areas go in

She's starting to form on the canvas. Ignoring the background for now...

Now she's getting fluffy!

Continuing to record the smaller details, plus the background goes in.

Final portrait

Hopefully this entitles me to drink their booze for another 15 years. Maybe that should be my photo next year.

Happy new year!

-Aimée


Visit the online gallery at www.aimeehoover.com

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Congratulations…@parissreddog! You’ve won a free 140 minute custom portrait of Tallulah!

Tallulah submitted by @parissreddog

A note about why I chose parrisreddog’s photo
Unless you are a pro photog with great studio lighting, natural light works better 99% of the time for painted portraits. Tallulah happened to be that rare capture that fell into the other 1%.

I struggled with choosing her because her photo was not technically the best shot of the bunch (good gawd, there were many). And it was a flash photo to boot. But I kept coming back to her and I think that proves that this art thing is definitely not a science: she just had a certain something. I’m going to do a future post about it to try to explain the selection process better (thanks for the suggestion @Megan_VanTuyl) so stay tuned for that.

But in the meantime, on to the honorable mentions!

Honorable Mentions
(If you are on this list, email me your address: you get free postcards!)

“Best use of a wind machine”

submitted by @edmaceyko


“Best giving of The Face in attempt to win competition (it almost worked!)”

Submitted by @portraitgirl


“Best side saddle”

Submitted by @linzplaskett


And last but not least…

“Best impending malpractice lawsuit”

Submitted by @pupsthetraveler

A sincere thank you to each and every one of you who entered my contest. And to those of you who have entered more than once, you may like to know that this month’s winner has entered 3 or 4 times. So do not be discouraged! I plan to do at least two more give aways in the near future so follow me on twitter and you’ll be the first to here about it.

And many of you had the perfect shots for a great portrait, I just couldn’t pull them off within the 140 minute time constraint of the contest. So if you want to turn your fabulous photo into a custom piece of artwork, check out my online gallery www.aimeehoover.com and drop me an email.

Thanks for reading and happy holidays!

Aimée

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Beautiful Big Boy
That’s actually his name: Big Boy. And it’s very fitting. But the great thing is that he’s just as sweet as he is big. And today his portrait was delivered!

Gillan, Big Boy's owner, gets a peek at her new portrait

Gathering the crew to see the portrait

Gillan: Hmm....where shall I hang it?

Happy client, Big Boy and his BIG ol' portrait.

I love the painting! You captured not only his image but his spirit as well. Biggy is very proud of his portrait and feels even better about himself than he did before! – Gillan

Big Boy | 20 x 30 | Dec 2009

It’s been quite a while since I’ve actually painted a cat. In fact, I think the last one I painted was Kobe, a chocolate Persian, as a Christmas gift last year. So it was fun to work on my “yearly feline,” especially one as handsome as Big Boy. Not to mention for a client as fabulous as Gillan.

I actually met Gillan through Pasadena Animal League (PAL). Every other year they host “Artistic License,” an exceptional art auction benefiting the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s animal welfare and adoption programs. It’s just a fantastic event if you’re in the area and want to help out some animals while enjoying a day of tasty food, wonderful wine, music and a great auction. And I’m happy to report that I will be their signature artist in 2011. Can’t wait!

Like to see more cat portraits? Feel free to check out the cat gallery at www.aimeehoover.com.

Thanks for reading.

-Aimée

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That's Bud!

Bud’s portrait was actually delivered a day early and caught Dianne by surprise. She sent me these tweets before she cracked it open:

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Then she grabbed a sharp knife and got to work!

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Bud: A big dog biscuit?

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The first flap pried loose!

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At least one of them is happy it's not actually a dog biscuit.

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Hey, that's my name.

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One rip of that tissue paper and...

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...Voila!

Hello Aimée!!

First of all let us say thank you so very very much!! We love the portrait!! We cannot believe our good fortune–to have such a lovely and personal work of art in our humble home. You are so very kind.

Mitzi (September’s free portrait winner) said that the portraits are even more beautiful in person and she was absolutely right! I was amazed when i saw the photo of the finished art online. I am even further amazed at the art in person! Our very own bud as a personal work of art! The work is gorgeous! And we are so happy and thankful!

-Dianne and Mark

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Priceless.

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Bud & Bud

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And up it goes

The next contest
I hope to hold the next one some time in December. Like everything else at the end of the year, it’ll be here before you know it. So read up on the contest rules in the meantime and make sure you’re following me (@dogarteest) on twitter because that’s where I’ll announce the exact contest date.

And if you’re interested in having your own dog’s portrait painted, say, for Valentine’s Day, please take a stroll through my online gallery, aimeehoover.com and shoot me an email. I’d love to help you surprise someone you love…with a portrait of someone they love.
Thanks as always for reading.

-Aimée

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