Danielle Stratford

Danielle Stratford

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Danielle Stratford
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Just realized I hadnt posted Wilsons full portrait yet! ((I blame pregnancy brain ) Here he is in his full glory. I love his amber eyes and pinky pink tongue! #thelassiepackage @kaitcollignon @procreate (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

Just realized I hadnt posted Wilsons full portrait yet! ((I blame pregnancy brain ) Here he is in his full glory. I love his amber eyes and pinky pink tongue! #thelassiepackage @kaitcollignon @procreate (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

[photo left painting right] A quick comparison shot of Wilson a beautiful Weimaraner with his reference photo. Its so nice to work in a looser freer style after doing such intensive detail work! My favorite part of his portrait is his pink electric tongue. Such fun colors to work with especially considering Im usually just using earth tones. Im partial to Weims because that was the dog breed my husband and I had picked for our first puppy but we ended up going with their close cousin a…

[photo left painting right] A quick comparison shot of Wilson a beautiful Weimaraner with his reference photo. Its so nice to work in a looser freer style after doing such intensive detail work! My favorite part of his portrait is his pink electric tongue. Such fun colors to work with especially considering Im usually just using earth tones. Im partial to Weims because that was the dog breed my husband and I had picked for our first puppy but we ended up going with their close cousin a…

I'm a veterinary technician. He was flown down to our hospital from an Indian reservation way up north. They had backed over him with a truck and shattered his pelvis. We did two major orthopedic surgeries and he defied the odds and did great. That was 15 years ago! I've had many many rescue dogs over the years but he's my Bashert.  As the saying goes there's only one best dog in the whole world and everybody owns him. Beautiful words from @themashuganahinstitute about her sweet chihuahua…

I'm a veterinary technician. He was flown down to our hospital from an Indian reservation way up north. They had backed over him with a truck and shattered his pelvis. We did two major orthopedic surgeries and he defied the odds and did great. That was 15 years ago! I've had many many rescue dogs over the years but he's my Bashert. As the saying goes there's only one best dog in the whole world and everybody owns him. Beautiful words from @themashuganahinstitute about her sweet chihuahua…

Updated ML classic Soft and a little stretchy Everybody needs a good black pair of pants

Updated ML classic Soft and a little stretchy Everybody needs a good black pair of pants

Updated ML classic Soft and a little stretchy Everybody needs a good black pair of pants

Updated ML classic Soft and a little stretchy Everybody needs a good black pair of pants

As much as I love painting dogs it was great to switch it up with Tommyhe was such a beautiful cat. So glad I could do him justice. His long sweeping whiskers are my favorite part! #thecliffordpackage @procreate @lynbert (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

As much as I love painting dogs it was great to switch it up with Tommyhe was such a beautiful cat. So glad I could do him justice. His long sweeping whiskers are my favorite part! #thecliffordpackage @procreate @lynbert (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

[photo left painting right] Ive worked from quite a few pixelated reference photos before but this one had my palms sweating from beginning to end. This picture was all they had to work with because sweet Tommy had passed away several years ago. Im about the least risk-averse person I know so promising to create a portrait from this photograph just about gave me an ulcer. The challenge was creating detail where there was no detail to be found especially since I wanted to make sure the…

[photo left painting right] Ive worked from quite a few pixelated reference photos before but this one had my palms sweating from beginning to end. This picture was all they had to work with because sweet Tommy had passed away several years ago. Im about the least risk-averse person I know so promising to create a portrait from this photograph just about gave me an ulcer. The challenge was creating detail where there was no detail to be found especially since I wanted to make sure the…

One of the questions I get frequently is whether I can do two pets on the same print. I can do it but I usually prefer not to for a few different reasons. The first (and biggest) reason is because stylistically they just look better as their own portrait. Lumping them together on one print seems to take the spotlight off of each of them individually and they end up fighting the eye for attention. Secondly the reference photos are rarely (if ever) of the two pets in one picture so stuffing…

One of the questions I get frequently is whether I can do two pets on the same print. I can do it but I usually prefer not to for a few different reasons. The first (and biggest) reason is because stylistically they just look better as their own portrait. Lumping them together on one print seems to take the spotlight off of each of them individually and they end up fighting the eye for attention. Secondly the reference photos are rarely (if ever) of the two pets in one picture so stuffing…

Mia was our first rescue dog ever and our first pitbull. I can honestly say I knew little to nothing about the breed when we first looked into adopting a dog but when we met her it was love at first sight; an inexplicable feeling that I have never felt before. She was perfect. She opened our eyes to the world of having a pitbull and our lives have never been the same since. She is the most loving sensitive dog I've ever met. We believe that she was separated from her mother too quickly as a…

Mia was our first rescue dog ever and our first pitbull. I can honestly say I knew little to nothing about the breed when we first looked into adopting a dog but when we met her it was love at first sight; an inexplicable feeling that I have never felt before. She was perfect. She opened our eyes to the world of having a pitbull and our lives have never been the same since. She is the most loving sensitive dog I've ever met. We believe that she was separated from her mother too quickly as a…

I secretly do a happy dance every time the painting looks better than the reference photo.  Mia you are such a beaut!  Left:  Right:  #thecliffordpackage @mia.the.pittie @procreate (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

I secretly do a happy dance every time the painting looks better than the reference photo. Mia you are such a beaut! Left: Right: #thecliffordpackage @mia.the.pittie @procreate (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

We had our first pitbull for about a year when we decided we were ready for another dog. We'd heard stories about how having two females in the same house can be bad as females tend to be more territorial and dominant so we were looking for a boy puppy. The rescue we got our first dog from called and said they had a three month-old male pitbull that had been taken away from some backyard breeder that was trying to create a short stocky pitbull. He had the boy we went to meet and his sister…

We had our first pitbull for about a year when we decided we were ready for another dog. We'd heard stories about how having two females in the same house can be bad as females tend to be more territorial and dominant so we were looking for a boy puppy. The rescue we got our first dog from called and said they had a three month-old male pitbull that had been taken away from some backyard breeder that was trying to create a short stocky pitbull. He had the boy we went to meet and his sister…

Currently on a plane flying home for a quick visit. Anyone have any fun plans with their fur babies this weekend? Im currently on a plane flying home for a quick visit so mines safe at home. In the meantime heres a great progression of Ramonas portrait! I am in love with her dreamy coloringher dark spots are such a beautiful deep gray and I love how white and straight her teeth are. I cant wait for you to see her sister Mias portrait next! (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

Currently on a plane flying home for a quick visit. Anyone have any fun plans with their fur babies this weekend? Im currently on a plane flying home for a quick visit so mines safe at home. In the meantime heres a great progression of Ramonas portrait! I am in love with her dreamy coloringher dark spots are such a beautiful deep gray and I love how white and straight her teeth are. I cant wait for you to see her sister Mias portrait next! (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

Heres the finished portrait of regal Max. He turned out even better than I couldve imagined and Im so happy with the texture of his beautiful brindle fur. Dont you think he should be a dog model or something?? (...thats a thing right? ) Also check out my story if youd like to see his source photo side by side with the painting! #thecliffordpackage (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

Heres the finished portrait of regal Max. He turned out even better than I couldve imagined and Im so happy with the texture of his beautiful brindle fur. Dont you think he should be a dog model or something?? (...thats a thing right? ) Also check out my story if youd like to see his source photo side by side with the painting! #thecliffordpackage (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

My last post was in OCTOBER () because #Christmascommissions. But now that Christmas is over I can share all of the gorgeous pets I had the privilege of working on but hadnt been able to share yet.  First up: Instagram meet Maxthe most ridiculously beautiful brindle dog youve ever laid your eyes upon. I had a great reference photo to work from with sharp clear lighting and you can really tell how much it helps when it comes to the detail work needed for #thecliffordpackage. Ill post some…

My last post was in OCTOBER () because #Christmascommissions. But now that Christmas is over I can share all of the gorgeous pets I had the privilege of working on but hadnt been able to share yet. First up: Instagram meet Maxthe most ridiculously beautiful brindle dog youve ever laid your eyes upon. I had a great reference photo to work from with sharp clear lighting and you can really tell how much it helps when it comes to the detail work needed for #thecliffordpackage. Ill post some…

Ummmm why didnt anyone tell me I forgot to post Titos full portrait last week?? Oops...my bad. Anyway here he is in all of his gorgeous Black and Tan glory. Im so thrilled with how he turned outhis reference photo was a bit pixelated so it took some extra work to make sure he looked as good as possible. Isnt he a charmer?  @clinestina #thecliffordpackage (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD

Ummmm why didnt anyone tell me I forgot to post Titos full portrait last week?? Oops...my bad. Anyway here he is in all of his gorgeous Black and Tan glory. Im so thrilled with how he turned outhis reference photo was a bit pixelated so it took some extra work to make sure he looked as good as possible. Isnt he a charmer? @clinestina #thecliffordpackage (c) DANIELLE STRATFORD