1 Oil Dog Painting that will Make You Think Differently About Fur

Oil Dog Painting Analysis

Why Painting Fur in Dog Art Isn’t About Texture The fur in an oil dog painting can do a remarkable thing. From far away, it looks like every hair is meticulously plotted out. But zoom in, and you discover one or two brushstrokes creating that remarkable effect. In this post, we’ll take a deep dive […]

10 Unique Discoveries in the Pet Painting Studio

Pet Portrait Painter Artist Zann Hemphill

In this post, we’ll take a look at 10 unexpected discoveries from Zann’s pet painting studio. These range from on-the-easel insights about lighting and brushwork to answering brass-tacks questions about fixing dented canvas. If you’re in the process of setting up your own home studio, I suggest checking out this post from the Redfin Blog […]

Pet Portrait Christmas Gifts: Amazing Paintings & Stories from 2020

Border Collie Oil Painting Gift

The Joy of Pet Portrait Christmas Gifts As 2020 drew to a close, many people faced the loneliest Christmas of their lives. Separated from human family, who was there to fill our hearts and homes? …Our pets! I think that’s why pet portrait Christmas gifts were such a hit this year. I’m not the only […]

How a Chocolate Lab Oil Painting Gets Made

Labrador retriever Oil Painting

A Chocolate Lab Oil Painting in 4 Steps Coco’s dog-mom wanted a custom oil painting of her dog, so she reached out to me with a few photos. In this post, I’ll walk you through the process we went through to turn her pet portrait idea into a beautiful, polished chocolate lab oil painting! Step […]

Unique Co-Designed Oil Paintings: Your Ideas On Canvas

Dogs Playing Poker Oil Painting by Zann

Design Your Pet Artwork, and I’ll Paint It It’s not uncommon for a client to say “I’m looking for an artist who can paint my pet how I want them painted” or “I have a design in mind for a portrait of my dog, can you paint it this way?” Most of these requests go […]

How to Paint a Golden Retriever [Video Demo]

how to paint a golden retriever dog video

Inside the Studio with Zann & a Golden Retriever Painting This 8″ x 10″ Golden Retriever Painting in oil came together over several hours. In this video I’ll show you the process I use to get the lighting, textures, and colours down when I paint oil portraits of dogs and other pets. More of my […]

Painting With Ashes: Personal Pet Memorials

Pet Memorial painting, dog memorial art with ashes

Pet Memorials I’m often asked about pet memorials. For me and the people I work with, pets are family. We need closure when they go on without us. As a pet portrait artist I get to talk with some of the best pet owners, and (if I’m lucky) meet their amazing pets! Either in person […]

How to Include Bright Colours in Realistic Pet Portraits (with examples)

colourful pet portraits

Colour in Pet Portraits Until I introduced brightly coloured pet portrait backgrounds, almost everything I painted was a shade of brown. And these muted portraits look great in some rooms, but what about when you want your custom painting to provide a splash of colour to your decor? One option is to make the subject […]

Happy Dog Art

Happy Dog Art Chocolate Lab Retriever

From the contented company of an old friend to manic whole-body wags greeting me at the end of the day, nothing makes me smile quite like getting smiled at by a dog. I loved painting these portraits because they show just how happy pets and their owners make each other. I hope they make you […]