Friday, November 14, 2014

Our Canine Friends

A few paintings to honor our canine friends, loyal & accepting; expressing unconditional love despite our flaws. Here's to our canine friends!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

ShipMate Gunner

"Gunner is a 9 year old yellow English labrador, although he looks more white than yellow… There are 2 photos of Gunner laying on the boat. I love th background in the picture with Gunner's front legs hanging off the  seat…He and his dad restored that boat so I think it's a little special to them :)"
Yellow Lab GUNNER
10x12" custom oil painting by puci

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Painting Progression, TALI

I hope you're enjoying the "tail end" of Summer. The increasing number of my custom painting list indicates that people are already thinking ahead to Winter --and to Christmas/Christmas gifts.

So, I thought I'd post a winter scene and share this painting progression for TALI's custom oil portrait painting. Rotti Tali, enjoying life (& the snow) is a rescue dog now in a loving family who think the world of her and her Rotti "sister" Tamah. 

(Please scroll down to see the painting progression.)
TALI, 22x28" custom oil portrait painting by puci

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mayor of London Terrace, NY NY

Poodle BAILEY has that great mustache-smile thing goin' on! Bailey meets & greets everyone with a smile & a tail-wag in his part-of-town!
Poodle BAILEY, Mayer of London Terrace New York, NY
10x12" custom oil painting by puci

Smiling Premiere Poodle BAILEY

finished painting on easel
some details up-close
the mayer's hat
bow tie like the Monopoly Man

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The 6 Lucy's

These are 6 Lucy's I've had the pleasure to paint.
Beloved pets named Lucy I have gotten to know while painting their custom oil portraits withn the last few years. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The 12 Charlie's

Do you ever rely on your computer to find some specific file, folder or image? When I typed in "Charlie", my computer pulled up all these Charlie's I have painted (so far) since 2007. So, I put together this image montage. (Really, I thought I had painted more Charlie's over the years than these 12... but the computer can't be wrong, Right?)

Various people & pets named Charlie I have gotten to know while painting their custom oil portraits.
(Most are details of larger paintings.)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Painting Progression: Charlie

I happen to be working on 2 relatively large paintings right now, so again, I thought it would be fun to also share this painting as it progresses. Handsome Charlie is a German Shorthaired Pointer (a regal fellow who happens to have a thing for socks).

I'll post each new photo as the painting progresses just above the previous photo. Enjoy!

The finished painting! (with details)
CHARLIE, approx. 38x26", custom oil portrait painting by puci

Charlie's face is now finished. (3-20-14)
(But of course I can already see some spots needing a hint of a touch-up.)
The chair is finished.   (3-18-14)

Details of part of the water-bowl & bottom right of the hardwood floor.
(Not the best photos/sorry about the flash.) The wall is finished too.   (3-16-14)

This is the final lay-in of overall color before the painting comes to life with
more precise color tones, highlights & shadows, brushwork, etc. (3-12-14)

It's full-speed-ahead with Charlie's painting now! A Prussian Blue mixture took the helm for
the wall base-color. I'll add a light layer/scumbling of a warmer tone on top when the blue oil is dry.

Ahhh, a little color! (and applied carefully so as not to not erase any of those guidelines). (3-7-14)

After projecting/penciling-in the line-drawing onto the masonite, I still had to go over all those precise lines with a ruler to make some corrections. (3-4-14)

I've been priming & sanding the painting surface, a strong sheet of
masonite approximately 26x38"x1/4" thick.(2-26-14)

The finished painting will resemble this color composition.
It'll be an essential guide when I'm painting. (2-25-14)

These are the reference photos to be used to piece together the composition for the painting. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Painting Progression: Karen's Kids

Hi, I thought it'd be fun to post the progress of this particular painting:
• 21 x 53 inches
• featuring 5 beloved pets
• wrap-around (the painting to extend around to the sides)

I'll post each new photo as the painting progresses just above the previous. Enjoy!


For the most part, all The Kids are now finished. Just have to work on Jack & Abby's legs, as well as the
entire foreground; The bottom side (underneath) of the painting is not yet done either. (3-9-14)

Sutega's oil portrait is also finished. She is a beautiful Pit & Boxer mix. 

Cute little Tessa is now finished. Tessa is a Blue Healer (Australian Cattle dog). (3-5-14)

Morgan's face is finished; Her body just needs a bit more touching up.
The background & some of the foreground has been made more vivid too. (3-3-14)

Now the kids have a bit more contrast & detail. Next step: to finish each. Morgan will lead the fun. (2-28-14)

These, btw, are the main reference photos to be used for the panting.

The background (area behind the 5 cuties) is finished.... maybe. (2-24-14)

Now we're beginning to get somewhere... This is the second pass, painting in a bit more detail. (2-20-14)

The first lay-in of some color, painted with oil paints thinned out only with paint thinner. (2-17-14)

This is me (bad hair day, btw) penciling in the lines as they are projected onto the primed (w/gesso) canvas. (2-15-14)

Canvas is now stretched and stapled in place. (2-10-14)

Here it is, the bare bones of the painting: the deluxe stretcher bars w/cross braces @ 21" x 53" x 1.5"wide. (2-10-14)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Spitz, or Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu ERROS takes on a zen-like pose while representing this listing for the custom oil portrait painting in the 16x20" size. More photos as well as info on how to commission your own painting here:

Shiuba Inu / Japanese Spitz ERROS, 12x16" custom oil portrait painting by puci

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Her Silver Robe

She stares straight ahead with those glorious green-toned eyes & her silvery coat like a velvet robe.
she stares straight ahead with those subtle shades of green eyes and silver coat, midnight blue background
Silver Lab GRACIE
8x10" custom oil painting by puci

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Me Too?

This VIP Staffordshire English Bull Terrier is not a duke, not a king. He is EARL, and patiently waiting... for more treats & fun walks in 2014.

Happy New Year to all!

Staffordshire English Bull Terrier EARL, 18x18" custom oil portrait painting by puci