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Monday, April 27, 2009

Westie Spring Portrait Painting in Oil, "Kadie,"...(Blocking in Color)

I've been juggling several commissions the past few weeks and this is one of my favorites as it is so cheerful and fun! I have now started blocking in the color, I'm about 1/2 way finished with doing that. Then I will start going in for the detail, more than likely starting with Kadie herself as she is the star of the show!I just love everything about this shot! The colors, the angles, and I think it portrays the true spirit and playfulness of a Westie. Stay tuned!If you would like to be a part of my Painting a Pup a Day project feel free to send me an email!

4 Month Old Blind Golden Retriever Puppy in Need of a Good Home...

I just received an email from Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue, and they have an adorable 4 month old Golden Retriever Puppy in need of a home...his name is Radio, and he was born blind. This is what the director wrote:

"Radio - Can you say "cute"? This little 4 month old puppy was born blind and with a stub tail. His owners just didn't have the time for him - and so he came to us. The vets say he is completely healthy other than the loss of his sight - which is not reversible. Blind dogs are easy to live with, once they learn where things are - they are truly remarkable - - - - we've had several people adopt blind dogs in the past - - - - - - and I'm sure they would be more than happy to offer any help needed in transitioning this sweet puppy into a home. We would prefer that he go to a home without a lot of small children or rough playing dogs."

If you think you can help, or are interested in adopting a Golden in need of a forever home, please visit
Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Westie Portrait Painting in Oil, "Loco" by Lara Harris

"Loco," 4"x 6",oil on canvas panel (SOLD)
photo reference:
Bojana Milivojevic
of the proceeds will go directly to Michigan Westie Rescue
This is a small piece I managed to finish while continuing to work on several commissions. It is of an adorable Westie named "Loco,".I decided to paint this piece a bit looser and tried adding in some of the blues from the background into the white fur, and am pretty happy with the end result. I look forward to experimenting a bit more with adding different colors into my work, some that perhaps one wouldn't expect to see, but that seem to really make a painting some alive!If you would like your dog to be included in my Painting a Pup a Day project feel free to send me an email!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

English Golden Retriever Puppy Painting in Oil, "Meg"

This is an oil painting of "Meg," an English Golden Retriever, hence why she is quite a bit lighter than a typical Golden Retriever. I was thrilled to get to paint this portrait as Meg has the sweetest face ever!There is nothing quite as cute or as soft as a baby Golden Retriever Puppy!I think her expression is one of enduring innocence. If you would like to have your dog be a part of my Painting a Pup a Day project feel free to email me at Loveall4Him@aol.com!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Golden Retriever Portrait Painting "Meg"....Getting There!

This is a piece I've been working on the past week or so, an adorable Golden Retriever Pup named Meg. I've enjoyed doing this piece as it is a bit larger, 12"x12", and a unique challenge as Meg's fur is really light in color, almost appearing white to some degree. I have to watch that I do not make the shadows too dark but still use the shadows to help define her mouth, ears, etc. I should be finished with this piece in the next few days, so stay tuned. If you would like to have your dog's portrait done as part of my Painting a Pup a Day project feel free to send me an email at Loveall4Him@aol.com and I can send you my price list and get your name on my current waiting list.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dog Artists United...Bringing Together Some of the Best Dog Painters in the World!

This week marks the beginning of a group I had wanted to bring together for some time, Dog Artists United. It is a select group of artists who paint dogs (as well as other subjects) and who happen to be some of the finest painters in the world! The group will be kept small, and each artist represented will be of a certain level of craftsmanship. I'm excited to bring such wonderful artists together as Nancy Bailey, Sandy Byers, Jerry Hunsinger, Karry Johnson, Anna Usacheva, Akiko Watanabe, Sheila Wedegis, Laurie Pace, Mary Jo Zorad, and myself, Lara Harris. Be sure to stop in often and see what new paintings are up on the easel!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Have a Blessed Good Friday!...& Special Thank you!

First of all, let me wish everyone a blessed Good Friday! For Christians this is truly a very special time of reflection and I would just like to take this time to thank God and to thank everyone who has been such a blessing in my life. My family, friends, collectors of my artwork, and many wonderful fellow artists who have been so encouraging, helpful, and supportive!
I would like to send a special thank you to Mrs.DeVincenzo who I am currently working on a commission for of one of her adorable Westie's pictured above (Kadie). Last year we needed to raise a substantial amount of money in order to fly our 2 dogs, both of whom were rescued off the streets of Cairns in Australia, here to Michigan and we could not have done so without the support of so many including Mrs.DeVincenzo. I will always remember her incredible generosity which helped to bring our 2 'boys' home to us in Michigan! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! (You can learn more about our dogs by visiting their blog www.aussiedogsupandover.blogspot.com)
I am excited to get started on this piece as it is one of the largest dog paintings I have done thus far and Mrs.DeVincenzo could not have taken a more perfect and endearing shot of her little girl!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Painting a Pup a Day:Daily Dog Paintings by artist Lara Harris...Pug & Golden Retriever Portraits

The past two days have been a bit crazy here in the Harris household as I have been in need of some rather extensive (and painful) dental work and then discovered today that my website seems to have all but disappeared?...thankfully it looks like it will be back online soon(fingers & toes crossed). Anyway, it was refreshing just to get painting today, a natural stress reliever. This week I will be working on three commissions, two of which you see here, the third I have not yet started but will this evening. I will be painting an adorable Pug named Ferris, a Golden Retriever Puppy named Meg, and another Westie. These are the very beginning stages of the Pug & Golden. I generally start out by doing a rough sketch in paint followed by blocking in color as you see here. I always worry that the owners will have a heart attack thinking this will be how the finished piece will look, but rest assured there will be much more detail than seen here so stay tuned! If you would like to have your pet's portrait done as part of my Painting a Pup a Day project, feel free to drop me an email at Loveall4Him@aol.com

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Canine Art Guild & Westie Rescue of OC & Beyond Charity Picnic!

Some news of the canine persuasion here! First of all, I am officially a member of the Canine Art Guild, a great group of artists specializing in dog art. Aside from that, I have created two groups known as Fine Artists of Michigan on both flickr and facebook. If you are an artist currently living in Michigan feel free to join these groups and upload your artwork!It's free and a great way to show off your work!
I also just completed a painting of an adorable Westie for the Charity Picnic being put on by Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond on Sunday, April 26 and this very painting will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the rescue. There will also be a Custom Pet Portrait by me (Lara Harris) auctioned off as well, so if you are in the OC area at the end of this month be sure to sign up for this grreat event!