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About Rebecca Wang

Rebecca Wang is a traditional artist who uses acrylics and pastels to create colorful and energetic animal paintings.

Poseidon Zeus Hades

Multiple Dog Pet Portrait Acrylic Painting on Canvas

My latest pet portrait painting is complete!  Finished March 19, 2020.  This portrait is created with acrylic paints on a 12″ x 16″ stretched canvas. From left to right, they are: Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades.  Poseidon is a Keeshond, and so is Zeus, and Hades is a shepherd mixed breed.

Please click on the pictures below to see close up view of all three dogs.

Hades closeup painting

Hades closeup

Poseidon closeup painting

Poseidon closeup

Zeus closeup painting

Zeus closeup

 


This painting was created with my signature colorful style, but in a slightly different way. Looking at a small thumbnail version of the picture, the dogs look fairly normal, somewhat grey and black.  However, once you zoom in and see the details you can see that no grey or brown was used. The fur details of the dogs was created using the entire spectrum of colors in small impressionistic brush strokes.  For example, in the “white” areas of Zeus’ face, you can see purple, blue, green, yellow, magenta, orange, and red.  This creates a very interesting visual illusion. I chose this method because these dogs do not have solid colors.  Instead, their fur has an agouti, or ticked, appearance.  The grey areas of the dogs are actually made up of hairs that have small black and white bands that give the appearance of grey from a distance.

Comparing the painting with the photo

Comparing the painting with the photo

Here you can see a comparison view of the painting vs the reference photo. This painting is actually rather atypical for me, since I rarely use the reference photo exactly as it is. I usually do a composite of multiple photos, even for a single portrait. By compositing, I mean maybe I will use one photo reference for the overall position, but a different one for the eyes and yet another one for the markings. Most of the pictures I get to use as my references for pet portraits are cell phone shots, and they tend to be a bit out of focus, too dark, too small, taken from too far away and there is loss of detail, lots of compression artifacts, or maybe some bit got cut off. So I tend to pick one that I like best for the main reference and use the others to fill in the details. This is fine, expected, and part of the process of being a pet portrait artist. This photo was exceptional and perfect, and I didn’t feel like there needed to be any changes made.

If you like my art style and want to commission a pet portrait of your own, please visit my information page.

You may also visit my Etsy Store.

Color Choices Affect the Mood of a Painting

I recently had the unique opportunity to create three almost identical paintings for the same client.  She wanted them to be mostly the same except for the backgrounds.  This provided an opportunity for me to showcase how choosing background colors and color schemes can affect the mood and feel of a painting.

Green color background

Green Color Background

Blue Color Background

Blue Color Background

Gradient Background

Gradient Background


This painting is a three dog pet portrait that was created with acrylic paints on 16″ wide x 20″ tall stretched canvas. The original was the one with the green background, on the left.  The second was the one with the dark blue and purple background.  The third painting has a background that is a gradient of purple, blue, green, and yellow.  Each portrait was created by hand using acrylic paints on canvas, these are not digital manipulations!

Except for the background colors, these are essentially the same painting (besides some improvement on technique). This gives a unique illustration into how the background colors that are chosen can affect the mood and energy of the painting.  The bright green and yellow one has a vibrant and energetic energy.  However, the colors of the dogs do not stand out as well, since they are similar in tone (lightness vs darkness) to the background.  The dark blue one has a peaceful, almost somber mood.  However, the light and bright colors of the dogs stand out really well, and almost “pop” out from the dark background. The orange of the pitbull contrasts really well with the dark blue, taking advantage of complimentary colors in the color theory. The gradient background has a nice blend of both of these, creating a lively background while the dogs still “pop”, and the multi-color background seems to enhance the colors of the dogs, even though i used the same color palette on both.

It is interesting to note that I tend to use cool colors (blue, green, purple) in the backgrounds of my paintings. There are a couple of reasons for this.  One has to do with the base colors of the dog.  If the dog is warm colored (various shades of brown, tan, etc), the color choices I make for the fur tend to be warm colors (red, orange, yellow, magenta).  These warm colors contrast best with a cool colored background.  For dogs that are white, black, or gray, I tend to use a lot of cool colors, with splashes of warm colors as highlights.  For these, I tend to keep my background lighter and more warmer (yellows).

Another reason for using cool colors for the background is an interesting property of colors, where warm colors seem to “advance”, or come forward, where cool colors seem to “recede”.  The bright orange pitbull definitely pops out against a blue background.

These portraits are available in my online store for purchase as a fine art print, tote bag, cell phone case, and much more! Please visit my Gallery Store on Pixels to see them all.


Other Color Schemes

Using complementary colors is not the only way to enhance the portrait.  Using analagous colors (colors close to the other colors on the color wheel) can also create a different kind of mood.  Warm colored dogs may “pop” out from a cool colored, canvas, but a warm background can enhance their warmth of these colors.  It may also benefit to pick one key color and use that as a background color to bring out something, such as eye color.

Here is an example of a warm color scheme, which enhances the warm colors on the dog:

Dog pet portrait with warm color scheme

Warm color scheme

Here is an example of a color scheme where I take an element of the animal eye color) and use that as my background color choice.  This enhances the eye color, and makes it stand out.


To order your own custom colorful pet portrait, please click on the Pet Portraits link above or the image below.

Custom Colorful Pet Portraits from your Photo

Custom Colorful Pet Portraits from your Photo

Five Dog Colorful Pet Portrait on Canvas

I recently completed the largest pet portrait I have done to date. It was created with acrylic paints on a 24″ tall by 36″ wide stretched canvas. This painting took me 6 weeks to complete.  It was completed on February  4, 2020 and features five dogs sitting in the snow.  Four of the dogs are Australian Shepherds, and one is a mixed breed shepherd.  Their names, from left to right, are Caliber, Jerry, Chips, Ammo and Lexi.  This was based on an actual photograph taken by the customer, with all five dogs sitting patiently in the snow, waiting for their picture to be taken!  It was such a great and unique picture that the customer wanted it to be captured as a portrait for his wall.

Please click on the thumbnails below to see closeups of each of the dogs.

Caliber portrait

Caliber

Jerry portrait

Jerry

Chips portrait

Chips

Ammo portrait

Ammo

Lexi portrait

Lexi


This portrait was created with my signature colorful realism style.  I used their real colors and markings as a base for which colors were chosen.  You can still tell what their real colors are looking at the painting, even though full saturation bright colors were used instead.  The dog on the far left, Caliber, is a tri-color (black, copper and white).  Her black areas are represented by purples and blues, the copper areas by orange, yellow, and magenta, and the shadows in the white areas by an assortment of colors.  The next dog, Jerry, is a blue merle with copper and white,. The blue merle parts were also represented by various shades of blues and purples, and the copper by red, orange and yellow. The dog in the middle is Chips, the shepherd mixed breed. his fur is a black and tan color, like a German shepherd.  His fur is a colorful mixture of red, orange, yellow and magenta for the tan areas, and blue and purple for the black areas. The next dog is Ammo, the red tricolor.  The red areas of his fur were created with various shades of magenta, brick red, orange, and purple.  The copper areas were created with red, orange and yellow.  And the white areas with a mixture of all kinds of colors.  The last dog on the right is Lexi, and her coloration is similar to Jerry, but she has blue eyes and a slighter body structure.

The process for this painting was very meticulous.  The owner picked out a really good photo to use as the main reference, but minor modifications were made.  For example, Caliber, the dog on the left, was laying down in the original photograph, so her reference photo was trade for one where she was sitting up.  Also, Lexi originally was next to Caliber, but the customer wanted her moved to the right side.  It was a great decision, and the result created a more balanced composition.

My first step in the creation of this portrait was to sketch out each dog individually, then scan them into my computer and digitally create the composition.  Once a composition was agreed upon, the sketch was printed out and then transferred to the canvas using graphite transfer paper.  This is my preferred method of transferring a sketch to canvas, as it leaves a nice clean sketch without eraser marks.  The background was painted first, then each dog, and finally the snow was painted last.

This was a fun project, challenging, and also a learning experience.  I take joy and pride in the portrait I have created, and hope to have the opportunity to do more like this in the future.

The owners were kind enough to allow me to make this painting available as a fine art print.  Please visit my store to purchase this artwork as a print on paper, stretched canvas, acrylic, metal, or wood. There are hundreds of options for framing and matting. It is also available as a greeting card and a coffee mug.

5 Dog Pet Portrait

Wall Art options


To order your own custom colorful pet portrait, please click on the Pet Portraits link above or the image below.

Custom Pet Portraits from your Photo

Custom Pet Portraits from your Photo

 

Psychedelic Pangolin Painting for World Pangolin Day

My newest painting, just completed today, is my Psychedelic Pangolin.  It was created with acrylic paints on an 11″ x 14″ wood panel. I created this with my newest fluorescent pink acrylic paint, which creates a vibrant and colorful painting in person. The pangolin species represented in this painting is a Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii), also known as the Temminck’s pangolin or Cape pangolin.  They are one of four species of pangolin found in Africa.

The pangolin is one of my favorite animal species, and it is very underrated and not many people are even aware this amazing animal exists. Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, comprise 8 species in the mammal family Manidae. Four species are found in Africa, and four species in Asia. Although they strongly resemble other anteater species, they are actually closer related to the Carnivora family.

They eat ants and termites, using their powerful claws to dig into their mounds. They are the only mammals with scales. They are covered in thick scales made of keratin, the same protein that makes up human fingernails, rhino horns, and the horns of cattle, goats, and sheep. When threatened, they can curl up into a ball, and they resemble a large pine cone. Some species of pangolins have long thin prehensile tails, and live in the trees; while other species have broad flat tails and live on the ground.

All 8 species are endangered, with three of those species critically endangered. Pangolins face extinction due to forest destruction, and poaching for their meat and scales. Their scales especially are considered valuable in traditional Chinese medicine. The scales are, of course, just made of keratin, similar to rhino horn, and have no actual medicinal value. Pangolins are the most trafficked animal, accounting for up to 20% of all illegal wildlife trade. In December of 2019 alone, over 10 tons of pangolin scales were recovered in a government seizure in Wenzhou, China.

These unique and amazing animals need better protection, and becoming aware of the issue is the first step towards saving these animals, and thousands of other species that are victims of the illegal wildlife trafficking worldwide. Click on links for the hashtag #worldpangolinday in your social media of choice to learn more.

To learn more about the plight of pangolins, and for information on how to help, please visit the IUCN/SSC Pangolin Specialist Group. Also visit the Wikipedia page and SavePangolins.org to learn more about each species.

Psychedelic Pangolin

Psychedelic Pangolin

This artwork is available to purchase online as an art print, wall art, home decor items and more. Please visit the links below to see all of the products with this design.

My Pixels.com store has a huge variety of wall art options, including paper prints, posters, canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic art prints, and tapestries. They also have throw pillows, tote bags, cell phone cases, t-shirts, greeting cards, coffee mugs, and fleece blankets.

My RedBubble store has dozens of amazing home decor and gift items featuring this design. Choose from wall art, throw pillows, floor pillows, blankets, shower curtains, apparel, device cases and skins, mugs, coasters, bags, and even socks!

 


 

Year of the Rat

Lunar New Year 2020 – Year of the Rat

Happy Lunar New Year! I hope you all have a prosperous and amazing year! It is the year of the Metal Rat, and to celebrate is my psychedelic rainbow rat with the Chinese characters for Happy Lunar New Year (xīn nián kuài lè).

The rat is the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac, and their symbol is 鼠 (Shǔ). The Rat is associated with the following years in the Chinese Zodiac: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020. Those born in the Year of the Rat are said to be insightful, curious, cautious, and hard working. Their best match is the rat, dragon, ox, or monkey. They should avoid anyone from the Horse year.

Their lucky elements are as follows: flower is the lily; colors are blue, green, and gold; numbers are 2, 3, 6, and 8; and direction is West (with northwest and southwest). Their associated element is water. Their energy is Yang.

Rats rule the eleventh lunar month, which corresponds to December 7th to January 5th in the solar calendar. Their season is winter. Their day is Thursday. The hour of the rat is from 23:00 – 00:59 (11:00 PM to 12:59 AM).

Celebrate the new year, or your love for rats! This unique design is available in my online stores for purchase.  Visit my stores below to see all the cool items this is available on.

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2019 Year in Review – Original Artwork

A look back at the original paintings that I have completed this year. I have increased my portfolio by 21 more paintings: 10 of those are original artworks, and 11 are commissions. I am playing with a more dramatic lighting effect on my subjects this past year, and using more color spectrum and saturated colors. I feel that my previous paintings from 2018 were more conservative than these.

Psychedelic Animals

Two of my paintings, the Electric Gecko and the Paisley Butterfly, were a nice addition to my Psychedelic Animal Artwork gallery.  These are using tie dye inspired backgrounds, with paint splatters and geometric shapes, and incorporating rainbow colored paisley designs in the animal itself.  I have plans to create more animals in this style in the coming year.

Wild Felines

I have been able to add three more big cats to my Colorful Wild Felines portfolio.  These paintings use heavy light and shadow, and really intense colors, with a special focus on the eyes.  I hope to create more wild cats in the coming years.  I want to finish the big cats series with a mountain lion, cheetah, snow leopard, and clouded leopard.  And I also want to create paintings of some smaller wild cats that are less represented in art, such as the ocelot, fishing cat, Pallas’ cat, margay, and others.

Colorful Cat Paintings

I started a new gallery for my Colorful Cat Paintings this year.  I have three brand new paintings in this gallery, including an orange tabby, Siamese, and a black cat.  I will be actively creating more cat paintings in the upcoming year, and beyond.  Besides personally loving cats, I also think they make interesting subjects, and are very popular in art.  I have personally taken the rainbow tabby cat as my new logo for my website and avatar for my social media and commerce accounts.

Colorful Dog Paintings

I added the Rottweiler to my Colorful Dog Paintings gallery.  Since I have so many dogs already, I want to focus more on cats in my original artwork.  Although I still plan to create more unique dog paintings.  I have a Pomeranian in the works, as well as a Bernese Mountain Dog, Siberian Husky, and a Beagle.  This rottie was created with full spectrum rainbow colors, and using heavy light and shadow to create an interesting portrait.

Foxes and Wild Dogs

Finally, adding to my Foxes and Wild Dogs gallery, I have an Arctic Fox in winter.  This is keeping with the theme of dramatic lighting, which I really like. I want to add more wild canines to this portfolio, including more foxes, coyotes, a maned wolf, African wild dog, and of course, more wolves.  The wolf is my favorite animal, and I really have not painted them enough.

Lion, Jaguar and Tiger paintings

Lion, Jaguar and Tiger paintings

Wall Art, Home Decor and Gifts

All of these original paintings are available for purchase through my Etsy store.  They are all painted on 11′ x 14″ wood panels, and come with the option for framing. I also have wall art options, such as art prints and canvas prints, available from my Gallery Store.  Also available in this store are gifts and decor such as throw pillows, fleece blankets, coffee mugs, tote bags, wall tapestries, greeting cards, beach towels, cell phone cases, and many more.  My RedBubble store also has many great wall art and home decor options, as well as other gift options like cotton totes, apparel, laptop cases, acrylic blocks, socks, travel mugs, die cut vinyl stickers, water bottles, coasters, and zipper pouches.  My Society6 store has much of the same, but with a few different products like acrylic trays, bamboo cutting boards, wall hangings, and mini prints. And finally my Zazzle store has a ton of cool and unique products that you can’t find anywhere else, including stationery and office products, kitchen and dining decor, Otterbox cell phone cases, and sherpa blankets.

Plans for 2020

I have a lot of pet portraits already scheduled for the first half of next year. I will try to create my original paintings in between, or after I am done with all of them.  I want to create more cat paintings, as well as a series of birds, farm animals, and wildlife such as elephants. I have plans to paint a rainbow colored Chinese Dragon, a multicolored flying raven, a psychedelic paisley elephant, a colorful panda, and more unconventional animals such as the sloth, pangolin, and capybara.  Let’s see how many I can get to!

2019 Year in Review – Pet Portraits

2019 has been a busy year for me for pet portraits! I have completed 11 portraits, which is more than last year. Whereas the last few years have been mostly friends and friends of friends, this year I have done many more portraits for those I don’t know personally. I am happy that my pet portrait business is taking off, and people are able to find my website and Etsy listings. I also completed my first multi-pet portrait (the three dogs) and the owner was so pleased with it she wants me to paint two more!

I have one of my friends to thank for getting me into this business in the first place. She reached out to me three years ago and asked me to paint her pet’s portraits, even though at that time I really had not painted any dogs or cats. Since then, I have created 25 portraits for customers all over the United States. It has been a little bumpy the last few years: not knowing what to charge, how people will find me, what style I should do, and if people will even like my art! But I feel like I am making progress, I am getting better every time I complete a portrait, and people are finally finding me online specifically for pet portraits. I already have several portraits booked into the next year, something that has not happened before!

I am also having fun creating artwork from my customer’s photos. I know that not many artists will take commissions for a multitude of reasons, and bad photos are one of them. However, I actually don’t mind getting reference photos which are less than ideal, since it allows me to use my artistic license and really create a work of art. It is a challenge to create a portrait from a small and grainy photo, but I feel like my colorful realistic yet slightly impressionistic style is well suited for the task, since I don’t need to focus too much in every little hair. And it is especially a joy when I do get a great photo to work from!

Please enjoy this review of my portraits from the past year, and look forward to more in the upcoming 2020 year!


To order your own custom colorful pet portrait, please click on the Pet Portraits link above or the image below.

Custom Pet Portraits from your Photo

Healing Lotus Mandala keychain

Cool Keychains With Colorful Animal Designs

Organize your keys with these unique keychains featuring the colorful animal artwork of Rebecca Wang.  Choose from dozens of unique and vibrant designs, including psychedelic artwork, mandalas, dragons, and colorful animals including wolves, foxes, lions, tigers, dogs, and cats.  There is sure to be something for everyone, and these make great gifts!

These keychains are made from a silver colored metal with the artwork printed in full color on one side.  They are waterproof and have a UV coating to protect the image for many years.  Most designs come in two options for shapes: circle and square.  The circle shape is available in two sizes: small (1.44 inches in diameter) and large (2.125 inches in diameter).  The square shape is also available in two sizes: small (1.38 x 1.38 inches) and large (2 x 2 inches). The metal in all four options is 0.19 inches in thickness, with a solid metal backing.

Clicking on an image below will take you directly to the product page in my online store where you can select your options and purchase your keychain.

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Colorful Wall Clocks for your Home Decor

Add a splash of color to your home decor with these beautiful wall clocks featuring colorful animal artwork by Rebecca Wang.  Choose from dozens of unique designs, including dogs, cats, wolves, tigers, butterflies, lizards, dragons, mandalas, and much more!  There is something for everyone, and they make fantastic gifts!

These wall clocks are made from Grade-A Acrylic, and come in two options for shapes: round and square.  The round shapes have two sizes:8″ diameter (medium) or 10.75″ diameter (large). One AA battery is required for this clock. They are rated for indoor only use.

Clicking on an image below will take you directly to the product page in my online store where you can choose your options and purchase the clock.

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Round Sandstone Coasters with Colorful Designs

Protect your table tops and add a splash of color to your home decor with these beautiful round sandstone coasters.  Choose from many different colorful animal designs, including dog breeds, cats, lions, tigers, wolves, mandalas, and psychedelic designs.  These coasters are sold singly, and are made from 1/4″ thick sandstone with a cork backing to protect your furniture.  They measure 4.25″ in diameter, and have a matte finish.  Sandstone coasters are durable and absorb moisture quickly, to keep your surfaces dry and clean.  They are a classic touch to any decor style, and look great in your dining room and living room.

Clicking on an image below will take you directly to my online store where you can purchase the coaster. Be sure to check out the coordinating kitchen and dining decor collections to make a matching set.

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