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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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This week I had the pleasure of delivering a very special portrait to the Wruck family. This Kari and Michael’s beautiful Australian Shepherd, Simba:

<em>Simba</em> | 32" x 42"| 2009 | Acrylic on Canvas

Simba | 32 x 42 | 2009 | Acrylic on Canvas

Simba is actually the Wruck’s second portrait. We worked together on their wonderful Aussie Nicholas earlier in the year. Both of their beloved dogs are dearly missed and I very was honored to be chosen as their portrait artist. Here’s what Kari and Michael had to say about their new portrait:

    “Thank you, Aimée, for painting the incredible portrait of Simba. Simba was our first rescue. Her spirit had been so badly broken earlier in her life. But, as you can see in this beautiful portrait of her she was pure beauty, power, and grace. Simba brought us nothing but joy and peace in the short 10 and a half years we were blessed to know her. Thank you again, Aimée, for this beautiful portrait of her.” – Kari

    “As we find a special sense of peace in this beautiful portrait of Simba, I will forever be reminded of the magnificent beauty, strength and balance she provided in our lives. Simba’s portrait must somehow temper the finality of her passing and the distinctly deep pain one feels when they lose another of the so very few things in this life they love. We will cherish this portrait along side Nicholas’s and remember the countless great memories we have of our short time together.” – Michael

Simba’s Portrait Progression

Simba’s portrait started with an outline “sketched” in black paint on a grey background. I think this is my favorite part of the painting process (besides signing the piece) where the photo is quickly transferred to the canvas by hand:

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I like to use complimentary colors underneath what will eventually be the final colors of the painting. Complimentary colors are colors that are opposite on the color wheel (ie: green/red, blue/orange, purple/yellow) that intensify each other when placed together. (I learned that trick in high school art classes and still use it…thank you Mrs. DeQueroiz!)

Because Simba’s background will be mostly green tones, I use a red “under painting” so that tiny flecks of red can pop through the green and create more visual interest:

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Getting going on her body now, in broad, general strokes:

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At this point, she starts to look like Simba to me. The first bits of green also go in at this stage:

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I usually build portraits up from dark to light, meaning I paint the dark parts first and the lightest parts of the canvas last. This is Simba’s dark stage:

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Almost finished! Her paws, background and final details still need some work:

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Finished!:

<em>Simba</em> | 32" x 42"| 2009 | Acrylic on Canvas

Simba | 32


A Rare Treat
Since the majority of my clients are scattered across the U.S. (and one in Canada), it’s a rare treat to actually get to meet clients and my “subject” in person. And even more fun to hand-deliver a portrait and watch it be unwrapped (though that can be a bit nerve wracking at time…but that’s a whole different post).

So during my visit with the Wrucks and their pups, Rickee and Athena (the newest recruit), I ended up taking a few snapshots to record a bit of the day. The five of us were just hanging out and trying to keep cool on a (very) hot Summer day. Hope you enjoy the pics below.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

– Aimée

The whole crew

The whole crew

Rickee inspecting the dog arteest's lovely gift from the Wrucks

Rickee inspecting the dog arteest's lovely gift from the Wrucks

Rickee under Nicholas's portrait

Handsome lad Rickee under Nicholas's portrait

Don't have to be a mother to love this face

Don't have to be a mother to love Athena's sweet face.

111 degrees: Rickee and Athena with the right idea.

Did I mention it was 111 degrees? Rickee and Athena had the right idea.

Interested in a portrait of your own pet? Please visit my online portrait gallery and drop me an email.

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