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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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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’re probably familiar with the extraordinary work of pet photographer Amanda Jones. As soon as I laid eyes on her work in Bark Magazine, my singular goal as an artist was to figure out how I could paint from her gorgeous photographs exclusively.

Well, lucky me. Five years later I’m proud to say that Amanda is both a friend and a client, and this Boxer is portrait number three painted from her amazing photos.

Here’s some great pics of the big reveal kindly taken by her assistant Kate during Amanda’s holiday party at her studio on Christmas Eve…

Amanda and a giant box. Anticipation!

Amanda gingerly slicing at the packaging...Santa's helpers circling.

Ah, come on--check that expert packing job out!

Dog Arteest surprised Amanda with a little holiday gift wrapping.

Riippppp....

Yeah!

Canine committee approves portrait.

Boxer pup, Benny pup and happy client.

We finally opened your “present” 😉 It is GORGEOUS! Thank you so much, it really is a treasure…
-Amanda Jones

And here’s the other two portraits we’ve worked on together…

Mixed Breed painted for Pasadena Humane Society benefit

Amanda's dog, Lazza | 30 x 30 | Acrylic on canvas

Aimée – I am speechless. It is the most beautiful painting I have ever seen. It is just perfect! I am thrilled beyond words. You have SUCH a talent. It is AMAZING! THANK YOU!!
– Amanda Jones (North Adams, MA)

“A Squared”
And because Amanda and I enjoy working together, we’ve teamed up to offer our clients an exclusive package deal should you like to use our services in tandem. You’ll have some amazing photos of your pet to hang up right next to your new portrait. For more details, just shoot me an email.

I hope you enjoy the fresh, clean slate of the New Year in just a couple days, and thanks as always for reading.

-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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Here’s Maddie and her biped, Mitzi, unwrapping their new portrait!

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Expertly peeling back the tissue paper while Maddie directs

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Maddie: It's a gigantic ME! I'm a somewhat scared...

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Awww, Maddie likes it! Or Mitzi has peanut butter on her chin.

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Happy customer

Dear Aimee:

You are truly amazing! Words can not express the emotion that my husband and I feel looking at the portrait of Maddie. You completely captured her eyes which are the gateway to her wonderful soul and spirit. The photos of the painting don’t do it justice. It is much more beautiful and realistic in person!

From the initial drawing to the final painting your talents never cease to amaze. I could see that you captured Maddie’s eyes in your initial sketch. Since she is basically one color and I wondered how you would be able to make her look real or three dimensional…..and you were MORE than able to do that!

We will always cherish this gorgeous painting! I have and will continue to recommend you to everyone I know. You are a special talent and it is an honor to have one of your paintings in our home forever.

Best regards,
Mitzi

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Tripple head tilt!

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Doesn't get any better than this

(A big thank you to the mystery biped behind the camera for capturing these moments and sharing the unveiling with us. Nice work!)

The next contest…
I hope to hold the next contest some time in December. (The holidays are pretty hectic in the studio, so please excuse me for being deliberately non-commital.) In the meantime, why not read up on the contest rules so you’ll be all set to pounce when the contest date is announced. And since I’ll announce that date on twitter, make sure you’re following me (@dogarteest) so you’re in the loop.

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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