Monday, February 28, 2011

Greetings from Rainbowdog

I just designed a new business greeting card featuring some of my portraits, inspired by the lure of a freebie through  Shutterfly.  Thought I'd try out the free sample cards and decide whether to order more.  On the inside it reads, "Life is colorful here."

I can't say that it looks as good in this format, with the Shutterfly advertising, as it did when I designed it, but they offered me a $25 coupon toward future orders if I shared it "their way."  What's a girl to do?  Anyhow, I'm very excited to see how the finished cards look.  What do you think?

Classic Black 5x7 folded card
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Results are In: Barney the Beagle Wins Dead-of-Winter Portrait Giveaway Contest

Rainbowdog fans cast their votes in my portrait giveaway contest, and the overwhelming favorite was this picture of a beagle named Barney. With that soulful expression, is it any wonder he was chosen ?

To make a portrait of this little guy, I cropped the picture to present more of a closeup, then added a bright and simple background.  I didn't get too crazy with my colors on this portrait, because Barney's mom is more of a traditionalist, and asked that I keep impressionist colors to a minimum.

This particular portrait was painted in acrylic on recycled board, and will go off the the lucky winner in a repurposed frame that I repainted in gold to pick up the golden highlights in Barney's fur.

If you would like to commission your own Rainbowdog, please email me at  You can learn more at the Rainbowdog website, and keep updated on future contests at the Rainbowdog Pet Portraits facebook page. 

Rainbowdog. Painting 50 portraits in 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stella! Valentine Dog is Portrait #5 in 2011

I had to hold off posting about this painting of my dog Stella to keep it a surprise until after Valentine's Day. My husband had been wanting a portrait of Stella, who has been a member of our household for a little over a year now, but she had somehow escaped being committed to canvas -- until now.

This painting is 24 x 30 inch acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.  I frequently leave collars and dog tags out of paintings, but since Stella really does have a dog tag shaped like a red heart I included it as an extra Valentine touch.

If you would like to commission your own Rainbowdog, please email me, at  Visit my website for more information about sizes and prices and my process.  You can also keep up-to-date on projects and special deals on the Rainbowdog Pet Portraits facebook page.

Rainbowdog Pet Portraits: Painting 50 portraits in 2011.