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It is best to have a couple of photo options. This helps me see all aspects of the person/pet being painted. Be sure the picture isn't blurry or low resolution. We will be happy to help you choose the perfect one!

I really enjoyed painting this lovely moment of a child and his dogs. I adjusted the lines of the window and fixed the perspective so that it worked beautifully as a painting. I have found that what looks fine in a photo will look off in a painting. Furthermore I softened the tones and gave it a magical feel.

I absolutely loved painting this photo which was provided by the client. The subject matter was great and I loved the fact that the client had commissioned it for her husband as a gift. Apparently, it is her husbands favorite picture as it accurately reflects each of their kids personalities. Great fun!
 A challenge I occasionally come across with candid shots like this is that they can be distorted. Using a camera you are subjected to a wall-eye effect. Observing closely you will notice that the kids look as if they are leaning outward, their bodies get smaller towards the bottom-to the right of the photo.  With a photo our brains accept this as we know it is real but with a painting it creates unlikely quirks and obvious flaws.
To overcome this for the final result, I straightened the kids form and expanded the lower parts of their bodies. This gives the impression they are standing right in front of you.

Gary Lovelace Art Portraits Gallery Austin Texas Round Rock TX Houston Dallas Oil Painting Studio
Watercolors look amazing when a photo has dramatic shadows. I love the way watercolor illuminates the darks and lights and has a crisp natural flow.