Easy Art for Animal Lovers
If you’ve read more than two of my posts you’ll likely know two things about me, 1) I super love my dogs, and 2) I also super love bright bold colours. So when my little sister, aka Dr. Jenn from Minden Animal Hospital, asked if I would help out and make some art for her clinic, I jumped at the chance. Why? It allowed me to combine THREE things I love, dogs, painting, and painting with bright bold colours.
I had such fun doing this project and know you can do it too!
First I looked online for simple sketches of dogs and cats, ones I could easily free-hand and adapt. From there I sketched out the ones I liked best and figured out how they would fit best on the canvases by breaking each drawing into even squares. Anyone who took high school art will remember this technique, it’s basically paint by numbers but DIY style:)
Then I got to work mapping them out on the canvases and sketched each in with light pencil. Oh, and I should mention that all my canvases got a good couple coats of white paint before I even started.
From there it was just a matter of picking a bright colour and staying in the lines as I ‘coloured’ each one in.
The favourite of mine is the Andy Warhol style Doberman. For this one, in order to ensure I was totally accurate in making each of them the same I first sketched it out on a sheet of bristol board – measured to be exactly one quarter of the canvas. Then I cut the stencil out for easy tracing. And again, got to work ‘colouring’ it in with various bright paint colours.
And then it was paint, paint, paint!
The final piece was made specifically for the Sympathy Room at the clinic. This is the quiet place guests can go if they have had to say goodbye to a family member. For this room we wanted something that reflected the space, but wasn’t cheesy. I call this “paw prints on my heart”. For this I just sketched a heart and four toe prints with pencil first and then got to work with my brush.
What do you think? Which is your favourite?