Monday, September 12, 2011

mike brouse, Pet Portrait Artist in Boulder, Colorado

Five Dogs - 20 x 48 Oil

I really like meeting your dogs.  I enjoy the challenge of creating an impressionistic oil painting of your best friend.  A five dog painting is especially challenging.  This painting will clearly light up any room!

Here's a nice quote from a recent article about my work:  "His vivid and sensitive pet portraits give him special satisfaction to create on commission, as cherished mementos for pet owners. “My goal is for the animals to be expressive and communicative, and for there to be a sense of movement – as if they could get up and walk away.” Mike isn’t shy about talking about some of his “secrets” for creating his animated portraits. “I focus on brush movement, mixing cool with warm colors – which creates a push-pull ‘dance’ for the eye, and I use tiny dots of red and blue in the eyes and nose.”

Olivia 16 x 20 Oil

I usually paint my dog portraits on thick canvas, and then frame them in a contemporary dark floater frame. 

Tootie - 16 x 20 - Oil
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Nick & Snooks - 12 x 16 - oil
Yes, I do cats too!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Commissioning an oil painting from Mike Brouse

36 x 24 oil on canvas - Niwot, Co - looking west toward Long's Peak

Some of my favorite projects are commissioned oil paintings.  It's fun to work with a client to make their vision come true.  In this example, the clients walk on this path near their home in Niwot, Colorado and they wanted a specific scene incorporating the path looking west toward Long's Peak. 

I initially did three watercolor studies that incorporated three different ideas.  In the end they selected the one with the "diverging path", the ponderosa pines, and the wonderful view of Long's Peak.  I had them come to my studio several times to check on the progress.  Each time we made some adjustments until they were 110% satisfied. The client's happiness is my total concern during these projects.  It does not matter if its a small project (like a small pet portrait) or a large landscape project like this one.  Please contact me for more information.  I can provide references as needed.