Category: Creating Compositions

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!

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs 25th Anniversary Painting
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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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Dogs Playing Poker Oil Painting by Zann
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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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Angelic Heavenly Pet Memorial Painting
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Pet Memorial Painted in an Incredible Heavenly Garden

A Pet Memorial Painting for Gigi For this pet memorial, my client and I worked together to create a beautiful garden in this custom memorial portrait for a little Pomeranian dog named Gigi. When I was first contacted by Gigi’s mom, she had a very speific vision in mind. She

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colourful pet portraits
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How To: Colourful Pet Portraits In A Realistic Style

Colour in Pet Portraits I’ve painted hundreds of paintings of pets over the years, but until I introduced brightly coloured backgrounds, almost everything I painted was a shade of brown. See more of Zann’s Pet Portraits here > And while these muted portraits look great in some rooms, what about

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