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Pet Portraits Archives - L.A. Cline
Pet Portraits: Treasure Your Companionship for Years to Come

Pet Portraits: Treasure Your Companionship for Years to Come

Our pets mean the world to us, no matter if your pet is a cat, dog, bird, horse or any other pet. You adore them, and they love you in the most complete way. Capturing a timeless Pet Portrait in a custom pastel painting, is a great way to treasure your companionship for many years to come. If you have a Birthday or any special occasion, there would be no substitute for the surprise and pleasure than receiving a beautiful portrait of your pet. When commissioning a custom portrait of your pet, be sure to leave plenty of time before any occasion so the painting will be ready for that special date. All pets have their own personality and their own special look. Like the faces of people, the faces of pets have their own characteristics that make each pet an individual. It is important for the artist to spend time with you and your pet as to capture the essence of your cherished pet. Many pet portraits that are commissioned are Memorial pet portraits. These are very special paintings since you mainly have to discuss with the owner the personality and the special details of the beloved pet. As well as, research the breed and have some guide pictures that will help you create an original pet portrait.  After I finish a pet portrait, my clients usually request a Giclee print of the original pastel painting to put in their office or another room in their home.  The Giclee print is usually smaller than the original and can be given as gifts or made as beautiful note cards...

Pet Portrait – It’s a Zebra! Masterpiece Pastel Painting has begun

Pet Portrait Artist Sketch of Two Grevy Zebras by ©L.A. Cline After finishing a Memorial Pastel pet portrait Portrait Painting of my clients’ beloved Blue Point Himalayan cat entitled, “Mr. Madison Blue”, I decided to continue with animal portrait theme as my first Masterpiece painting for the New Year 2013. I created the new pencil sketch above of two Grevy Zebras shows a beautiful connection between Mother and her offspring. The Mother decided to lie down to rest on a hot summer’s day and her little offspring is approaching either for a loving nudge or perhaps reminding Mom it’s time to eat.  This is a natural endearing exchange; a beautiful moment to capture in a fine art rendering. Drawing the different striped patterns of each zebra was very complicated, especially because of one zebra being in front of the other.  Every zebra has their own pattern and it is their signature of recognition.   The Grevy Zebras are an endangered species – the largest of the African Zebra’s being nearly seven feet tall, with the Males weighing almost 1,000 pounds.  The foals are browner in color and turn black as they become a year old.  As I studied these beautiful creatures for my artist rendering I noticed that the Grevy Zebras have unique characteristics such as: large heads; long necks; big rounded ears; and smaller, more delicate striped patterns, with more distinction between the black stripes.  Their stripes end to expose their bellies – where there are no markings.  Lastly, there is a stripe that runs from their head mane all the way to down their tails. They now are considered to live in the northern areas...
A Pet Portrait – What is it like to Finish a Masterpiece of “Mr. Madison Blue”

A Pet Portrait – What is it like to Finish a Masterpiece of “Mr. Madison Blue”

Madison Blue a very appropriate name for this majestic Blue Point Himalayan pet portrait. Now that my clients have approved Madison’s face I have continued to block in the rest of his magnificent body and tail. My clients remarked that “he looks exactly the way he looked after he was groomed”. I found this to be a remarkable comment since I never met Madison and wanted to create this portrait as a perfect memory of their beloved pet. Color was a key element in this pet portrait. My clients wanted the colors of Madison to reflect his natural yet soft color palette with the sense of the fullness of his fur and the slight highlights and medium deep tones against the untouched background. For the next four to five days I will be spraying the Pastel painting with a workable fixative which does not change any of the colorations and leaves the piece with the pastel chalk in place. I have marked the borders and the piece is ready for framing. My clients also ordered the Fine Art Note Cards with the image of the pet portrait painting of Madison. The samples for the card are on there way and a brief description of the painting will appear on the back of the each card. Each card is a Fine Art Giclee (reproduction) of Madison, made from 80 lb. Acid Free Recycled Paper with a deckled edge on both the card and envelope. Many of my clients order cards of their pet portraits for their personal correspondence. Clients Statement; “We commissioned the talented Portrait Artist L.A. Cline to paint...
A Commissioned Pet Portrait Painting – Progress of the Pet Portrait of “Madison”.

A Commissioned Pet Portrait Painting – Progress of the Pet Portrait of “Madison”.

I was commissioned to paint a portrait of this beautiful pet cat named Madison. The Pastel Painting of Madison is starting to take hold.  Still blocking in colors for his body you get a glimpse of what is about to unfold. Since then my client found a few more pictures and we have had more conversations about her beloved pet.  The eyes were the most difficult since you could hardly see his eyes in the pictures because of the flash camera that completely whiten his eyes. There were a few baby pictures that I could see some expression.  It also seems that Madison had a lot of expressions so I had to image and measure the size of his pupils in the baby picture and fit them within the mature face I am now painting. My client and  I spoke about the expression she wanted and it seems I gave Madison the expression she wanted to see.  She wanted his eyes to be looking at you but but also feel that he is looking beyond you. I am very happy to tell you that my client really loved Madison’s eyes and I am so happy I took the time to really research, measure to carefully create this all important part of this painting.  The detial of the eyes truly are the soul of the painting Now I am blocking in his lower face, main, front paw and sketching out the rest of his body.  You can see now the face has become more three dimensional and I am looking forward to layering the fur for the rest of Madison’s body for the full effect. Well, I have to get back...
What is it like to Commission a Masterpiece Work of Art? The beginning of a Pet Portrait.

What is it like to Commission a Masterpiece Work of Art? The beginning of a Pet Portrait.

It is a thrilling experience both for my Clients and for me as a Portrait Artist. As you can see looking through my portfolio I have created many different types of Masterpiece Works of Art that I have ben commissioned to do. I just finished a Self Portrait that I am so proud of and enjoy seeing every day. Some commissions are Corporate others are Family, Pet and yet others can be a particular Landscape. There are many different things that are dear to each person and that is why I create paintings. I want to enrich the lives of the people I touch. Right now I am creating a Memorial of an exquisite Blue Point Himalayan Cat. “Madison” as he was called was a most beloved family pet that my client and dear friend misses endlessly. Since I never met “Madison” I asked for any and all pictures. We talked about “Madison” his temperament, attitude, his habits essentially his personality. This detail of the painting is the beginning of blocking in colors for Madison’s face.  As the blocking of colors expands to include Madison’s whole body the layers of pastel will eventually become a beautiful realistic portrait. Talking is a very big part of a commission. Watching my client express her inner most feelings really helps me to feel the closeness she feels to her beloved pet. Pictures help but talking really takes me to a level where I feel I will be able to capture my client’s feelings about her beloved pet. Then the research begins. I actually research the breed. Find out its particular characteristics that...