Category: What to Expect When you Buy Pet Portrait Art

Welcome to the Paws By Zann pet portrait blog! Here you’ll find a wealth of information on painting with oils, painting animals, how to take reference photos, art videos and more. Enjoy!

Pet art in oil - lab dog in sunlight realistic
Pet Paintings from Photos

Labrador Retriever Paintings in Oil — by Zann Hemphill

Labrador Retriever Wall Art over 5 Years I’ve been painting pet portraits professionally since 2017, and over that time there have been a LOT of labs! And there are a couple things I love about painting them. For one thing, having a dog that’s all one colour means I get

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How to paint cat in black and white oil painting
Art Shows

Painting Pets with Zann Episode 4

In this episode Zann will show you an easy way to paint a cat. Use tools you already have (like your fingers) to figure out where your subject will be sitting on canvas. Full video demo!

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Pet Paintings from Photos

Rabbit Portraits: Paintings in Oil you’ll Love

Life as a pet portrait artist who paints rabbits When most pet owners approach me for a pet portrait, they ask things like ‘how much do pet portraits cost’ or ‘how long do your paintings take’. But rabbit owners start off with… do you even paint rabbits?? Can you paint

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BC & Alberta Guide Dogs 25th Anniversary Painting
Creating Compositions

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Commission New Painting — 25th Anniversary

Celebrating a Puppy’s Journey to Become a Guide Dog The BC Guide Dogs society provides professionally trained guide dogs, autism service dogs, and PTSD service dogs for people in BC and Alberta. For their 25th Anniversary, Canadian artist Zann Hemphill was approached to create a piece celebrating the incredible dedication

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Pet Paintings from Photos

Painting a Black Dog in Oils [Video] with Buddy the Great Dane Puppy

Full Great Dane Painting Video (breakdown below) https://youtu.be/xruM1mEKM0Q In this post, I’ll walk through what I’m doing when painting black dogs in more detail. Check out the video for a 3-minute demonstration! As with most animal paintings, everything starts with getting the anatomy right first and—then progressing through the different

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Get a Painting of Your Cat

Complete White Cat Oil Painting [2 Minute Video]

Cat Oil Painting Process Video This video shows the complete process for a white cat painting. Zann works in oil paints, and has been commissioned to paint over 100 cats. See more of Zann’s Cat Art here > https://youtu.be/PrZji0qWXnk Getting the Cat Painting Started with a Sketch on Canvas I

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Labrador retriever Oil Painting
Get a Painting of Your Dog

How a Chocolate Lab Oil Painting Gets Made

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

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Dogs Playing Poker Oil Painting by Zann
Creating Compositions

A New Twist: Dogs Playing Poker and Dogs Playing Pool

3 Classics like the ‘Dogs Playing Poker’ Series Come Back as Custom Art Pet portrait artist Zann Hemphill is well known for her amazing renditions of pets. She uses traditional materials (oil paints and canvas) and works entirely by hand. Usually, this means working from a client’s photo to produce

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