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Max, another Havanese, is our family dog, now. He is only about five pounds, but has a personality that’s five times larger. Max has never met a human he doesn’t like or a lap he doesn’t want to sit on. He wakes me up every morning by jumping on my chest, wrapping his paws around my neck and giving me a kiss.


We moved about two years ago so that I would have a dedicated studio space. After four years of painting in the living room on our dining table, having my own space seems like a wonderful luxury. I can see the ocean from the window over my drawing table. It gives me a lovely place to focus on when I’m resting my eyes from all those tiny brushstrokes. My studio is


not large, but it’s a cozy place with a big wall of books and a comfy reading chair. The walls are painted a tranquil lavender gray. It’s a subtle color that changes as the light does. The studio faces to the north, the ideal artist light. There are two favorite items on my desk: a photo of my husband kissing me early in our relationship and the plaster paw print taken of my dog Kirby when he passed away. Max is usually in my studio when I’m working. When I paint, I move around my easel and drawing table a bit too much for him to sit under them, so his spot is on a little bath mat under my desk.


Above: An illustration by Tasha Tudor (1915-2008) who was a Corgi lover. “Corgis are enchanted. You need only to see them in the moonlight to know this,” Tasha once remarked


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Pet portraiture is a wonderful business. I spend my day bouncing between sketching and painting, and the business of painting, which takes far more time than I ever imagined before I became an artist. Checking emails, corresponding with clients, monitoring my Etsy store, and at intervals, posting to my blog, Facebook page, Pinterest and Instagram feed. I also try to spend some time each week researching other artists’ work, which often inspires me. Lavender is such a peaceful color. I like serene colors that have a good bit of gray in them, soft dusty blues, lilacs, lavenders and muted rose. The colors of a twilight desert sky. Tasha Tudor illustrated so many of my favorite childhood books, The Secret Garden and A Little Princess especially. These books had a lot to do with why I loved to draw as a child. I would have loved to have had a chance to sit down and chat with her. Because I was trained as an illustrator but never became one, I’m curious to know more about the road untaken.


My inspirations are varied. First, my husband, for his endless patience, his tolerance and the caring way he has with people. My friends inspire me with their joy, their intelligence and their


sense of adventure. The sight of the ocean inspires me to remember that there are many things larger than my little problems.


Hope Lane Art Website: www.hopelaneart.com Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/HopeLaneArt Facebook: www.facebook.com/hopelaneportraits Instagram: hopelaneart & Pinterest: hopelaneart


www.TheNewBarker.com Winter 2018 THE NEW BARKER 57


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