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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.

2020 Artwork and Pet Portraits Year in Review

Wow, 2020 was a heck of a year!  I definitely won’t repeat what many others have already said about this year, so instead I will discuss how my own year has been. It has certainly been a year of superlatives for me for my art! I had created 29 paintings this year, 26 of which were commissioned pet portraits.  That number is more then twice the number of pet portraits I painted last year (2019), which was 11 portraits! This is equivalent to about one painting every 2 weeks.  Which is amazing considering that 6 of these paintings were multi-pet, and also very large in size.

JAVMA December 1, 2020 issue

JAVMA December 1, 2020 issue

I also had a wonderful surprise with my painting of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades being selected by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) to be featured on the cover of their December 1st 2020 issue! This was not expected, and I was very happy that they contacted me.  This is the first time I have had my artwork published in any magazine, book, or journal (at least that I am aware of!)

Multiple Pet Portraits

Multiple Pet Portraits

New Adventures in Pet Portraits

This year I painted the largest pet portrait painting I have created so far (24″ x 36″) which also happens to be the painting with the most animals in it (5 dogs). This is the one above, of Caliber, Jerry, Chips, Ammo and Lexi.  As mentioned before, I also have done many multi-pet portraits.  I only created one last year, and this year I have created so many more.  They are certainly more challenging, but are also kind of fun as I try to create a nice composition.

I have also created portraits animals which I have never painted before: hamster, sheep, and bearded dragon.  I really would love the opportunity to create more paintings of pets besides dogs and cats.

Pet Portraits with Rainbow Backgrounds

Pet Portraits with Rainbow Backgrounds

Updating My Style

Also this year I have become more bold with my colors.  My older style was a bit more conservative, but this year I have been pushing my style and adding in many more colors to my paintings, which not only makes it more interesting and unique, but adds depth as well.  This is both in the background and the portrait itself. I also created a few paintings that have a more natural color scheme, which was a nice change of pace.  So now I have a variety of backgrounds and styles that my customers can choose from, which is highlighted in this article here.

Original Paintings Pomeranian, Sloth, Pangolin

Original Paintings Pomeranian, Sloth, Pangolin

Original Artwork

Since I have been very busy with pet portraits, I have not created as many original paintings this year.  My definition of “original” painting is one that I did for myself, without anyone commissioning it.  I do this mainly to sell as prints and products in my online stores; the goal is not necessarily to sell the original painting. I have three of these, and that is the Pomeranian, sloth, and pangolin. For my original paintings, I want to maintain that true psychedelic style.  I have plans to create many more paintings when I have free time.

I have several series that I wish to do.  One series is to add more dog breeds that I have not painted before.  Even though I have painted so many dogs, I am always looking to add more to my online stores, so I will have a more complete offering of dog breeds for sale as prints and products. I also want to add more cat paintings to my portfolio, either as originals or commissioned paintings.

I had started two series in the previous year, wild felines and wild canines, that I wish to continue.  For the wild felines, I have a good start but want to continue adding more paintings, both of commonly known species like lions, tigers and cougars, as well as species that are more uncommon and unknown, like the margay and Pallas cat.  There are about 41 species in the family Felidae, and I want to try to capture as many as I can. For the foxes and wild dogs, I have fewer paintings, but want to continue that as well, finishing as many of the 34 species of wild dogs as I can. This includes adding a coyote, African Wild Dog, jackals, raccoon dog, maned wolf, and the various fox species, and lesser known species such as the bush dog and dhole.

I would also like to paint other wildlife, such as elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, deer, antelopes, bighorn sheep, bison, zebra, and moose. Other carnivores such as bears, raccoons, hyenas, pandas, otters, badgers, skunks, and weasels are also on my list.  Then there are miscellaneous wildlife species such as armadillos, hedgehogs, capybaras, rabbits, bats, squirrels, gorillas, monkeys, kangaroos, platypus, alligators, turtles, and so many more. There are so many bird species that I want to paint as well. In addition, a farm animal and pocket pet series, including horses, sheep, goats, pigs, cows, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, and various fish, is also on my list.  I also want to paint more dragons, but those are very time consuming so I need to make sure I have enough time to complete it. I have years and years worth of painting ideas to create.  I will try to find time to get to these ideas in between commissions in the upcoming years.

On my top priority of originals to create are the following animals: raven, black leopard, elephant, rooster, rhino, capybara, panda, African Wild Dog, and rooster. I will see how many I can get done in 2021.

Blankets in my Etsy store

Plus Fleece Blankets in my Etsy store

Online Stores New Additions

I have many new additions to my online stores this year. I have added plush fleece blankets, coffee mugs, canvas prints, and magnets to my Etsy store.  I plan on adding ornaments, tapestries, and more mugs in the upcoming year.  Face masks and jigsaw puzzles were welcome additions to both my FineArtAmerica and RedBubble stores.  I also saw the addition of aprons to my RedBubble and Zazzle stores. I look forward to seeing what new products my online stores will be adding in the upcoming year!

I look forward to creating even more unique and colorful art in 2021!

All My Paintings for 2020

All My Paintings for 2020

Two Cute Dogs Best Friends Portrait Painting

This unique pet portrait painting is of two dogs named Trucker and Jackson. It was completed on December 10, 2020, and was created with acrylic paints on an 18″ x 24″ stretched canvas. Trucker is the English Mastiff, and Jackson is the brindle mixed breed dog. Trucker is using Jackson as a pillow, and they are laying down on a blanket on a couch. This was created entirely from one photograph.  The person who commissioned the painting had a limited number of photographs to use, and wanted both dogs in the same painting.  I chose this one since it had both dogs already, and was a cute and unique pose. You can see a larger view of the artwork in my Portfolio Gallery.

This painting was a bit of a challenge, both due to the unique poses the dogs have, and the colors of their fur.  The customer requested my colorful realism style, and I had to make it work in the context of the dog’s actual fur color, without tipping over to being too psychedelic. In order to contrast with the mostly lighter colors of the mastiff, I chose to have a dark blue background, with a slight gradient of violet on the left side and teal-green on the right. In the reference photo, they are laying on a black leather sofa, but I did not want the background to be black.

Trucker, the Mastiff, is the typical fawn with a black mask.  However, he has started to go gray in the face, and has a lot of white hairs on his muzzle. For his mask and ears, I used a lot of blue and purple as a base, and added many layers of lighter blue, green, magenta, violet, and a very sparse amount of white. I did this following the direction of fur on his face. For the fawn areas, I used a base of very light yellow, and added layers of orange, hot pink, green, light purple, and light blue.  I added some white highlights to some areas to create highlights. The collar and eye color were left natural.

Creating Jackson, the brindle dog, was a bit more challenging. Jackson is mostly various shades of brown and red, with white on his muzzle and underside with brindle markings all over. I wanted to give the impression that he was “brown” without actually making his fur brown. Whereas most brindle dogs are more or less the same tone all over, Jackson actually has a sable base coloration underneath his brindle. Sable colors are what is typically found in collies, and results in darker coloration on the top of the head, ears, along the back, and the tops of the legs. For his fur, I used a base underpainting of orange, and layered on many other colors depending on the markings in that area.  I used a lot of fluorescent pink, red, and purple in various amounts.  The brindle markings were created with multiple layers of darker purples with light blue on top. This helps to soften the markings and also make them stand out more against the orange tone of the fur. The eye color was left natural.  The collar is as it appears in the photograph: dark blue with a light blue clasp, and with little whales printed on it.

The blanket they were laying on originally was black and white, with a pattern on it and a teal border.  The pattern of the blanket was too chaotic for the portrait, so I used the teal from the border and made the whole blanket teal.  This also helped to contrast nicely with the oranges and reds of Jackson’s fur.

If you like this painting of these two dogs, and want one of your own pet, please visit my Pet Portrait Information page.

Pumba dog painting

Colorful Bicolor Dog Painting in Rainbow Colors

This painting is of a black and white bicolor dog named Pumba. It was completed on November 13, 2020, and was created with acrylic paints on a 12″ x 16″ stretched canvas. Pumba is a large black and white bicolor (or piebald) mixed breed dog, with Great Dane or mastiff type features.  You can see a larger version of this painting in my portfolio gallery.

This final painting was a composite of two separate reference photographs, one for his head and one for his body.  It is fairly common that I will not use a reference photo exactly as it is, but instead I will often composite from multiple references. The reasons for this vary, and you can read about it in my blog article on why more reference photos will result in a better portrait.

The person who commissioned the portrait really loved my “rainbow confetti” background style, which is a new style that I came up with earlier this year.  The black and white bicolor pattern of the dog contrasts nicely with the rainbow background, and does not look to busy.  The black areas of the dog were created with multiple layers of purples, blues, and greens, with some magenta and hot pink. I wanted the shadowed areas above his eyes, around his cheeks and on his ears to be as dark as possible.  I mixed a bit of black paint with dark purple for those sections. The eyes were left their natural color.  The white areas of the dog’s fur was created by layers of very light blue, purple, pink, green, and yellow.  This gives some depth to his fur and adds shadows to the white areas.

My style is somewhere in between impressionism and realism, disregarding the color schemes.  Some artists create photorealistic artwork, where they capture every hair and use realistic colors, and the result is very close to a photograph.  Other artists use broad brushstrokes and less defined boundaries to create impressionistic works. I am somewhere in between. I use wide brushstrokes to give the impression of fur, but also take care in adding a lot of details to their facial features, such as the eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers.  This makes for very unique pet portraits, in a style I call “colorful realism”.

I really enjoy painting animals that have black or white fur, because I can use almost any color and it will still give the impression of their actual fur color. I am really developing my style, and becoming more bold about putting lots of colors in my paintings.  My early dog paintings were a bit more reserved, but I have gotten more comfortable with using lots of bold colors, and including more wide spectrum of colors in my works.

If you like this painting of Pumba and want one of your own pet, please visit my Pet Portrait Information page.

Although the original painting has been sold, this artwork is available in my print stores online as wall art, home decor, gifts and many other cool products.  Please visit my fine art store to purchase this artwork as a print and more.

Beautiful Calendars Featuring my Colorful Artwork

Keep track of appointments and other monthly stuff with these gorgeous wall calendars featuring my colorful animal artwork! Choose from many different themes, such as colorful cats, dog breeds, psychedelic art, and wildlife and nature. Each calendar has 12 original artworks, one for each month. There are tons of options to choose from for each calendar. You can choose the starting date, culture (country), holidays, layout, size, grid style, and wire binding color. The calendars are printed on thick, sturdy paper with vibrant full-color edge-to-edge printing. These are not your thin magazine type calendars; the paper they use for these calendars is very thick, almost like paperboard or cardstock. They are available in three sizes (Small: 5.5″x7″; Medium: 8.5″x11″; Large: 11″x14.25″). There are 16 grid styles to choose from, 21 languages, 7 wire colors, and 4 holiday choices. There is sure to be something for everyone. These calendars make great gifts too!

Clicking on an image below will take you directly to the product on the Zazzle store where you can make your selections and purchase your calendar.

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Psychedelic Rainbow Trout Fish Framed Picture

Psychedelic Rainbow Trout Fish Drawing

This drawing, titled “Psychedelic Rainbow Trout”, was drawn with Prismacolor colored pencils on 11″ x 14″ Strathmore 400 series drawing paper. It was completed on December 6, 2015.  This is one of several psychedelic themed drawings that were drawn during 2015. The reason for this is that I was contacted by a calendar company earlier that year. They wanted to create a psychedelic art calendar featuring my drawings.  At the time I did not have enough drawings for a calendar, and so I was busy creating some new artwork for the calendar.  Unfortunately, the proposal did not pass, but at least I got several cool new drawings out of it!  This was one of them. You can see a larger view of the artwork in my Portfolio.

This is loosely based off of a random fish drawing that I had done several years ago (which I can’t seem to find), of a jumping fish surrounded by rainbow colored spirals.  I wasn’t really happy with that drawing, and wanted to do a better version.  I came up with the idea of having the fish jumping out of water in front of the setting sun, with the suns rays waving through the air. The sun became a spiral, and the rays became very funky, and staring at that area becomes a kind of optical illusion where the rays seem to rotate!  Totally unintentional.  Most of the time with these types of drawings, I really don’t have any overall plan as far as colors or designs.  It just sort of starts to emerge while I am drawing it, which is what happened here.

Psychedelic Rainbow Trout pillows

Psychedelic Rainbow Trout throw pillow

This artwork is available for purchase in my online stores. Please read below for more information about what is available in each store.

For fine art prints and home décor, please visit my FineArtAmerica store. This store has the widest selection of wall art options and the most sizes to choose from. For paper art prints, choose from any size from 6″ x 8″ to 46″ x 60″, in 8 paper options and hundreds of choices for framing and mat colors. Canvas art prints come in many size choices and wrap options in glossy or matte finish. Also choose from art prints on metal, wood, and acrylic. You can also get wall tapestries in three sizes. This store also has a great selection of home décor and other products, including throw pillows, fleece blankets, duvet covers, shower curtains, hand and bath towels, beach towels, coffee mugs, tote bags, zipper pouches, yoga mats, t-shirts, jigsaw puzzles, face masks, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, and phone cases.

For unique apparel and home décor gifts, please visit my RedBubble Store.  This store, in addition to the products listed in the above store, also has many unique products.  There are dozens of apparel options to choose from.  Also choose die cut vinyl stickers, magnets, coasters, acrylic blocks, wall clocks, laptop sleeves and skins, socks, scarves, travel mugs, water bottles, and aprons.

If you are looking for unique gift ideas, visit my Zazzle Store. In this store are products that are found no where else. These products include customizable address labels, playing cards, bandanas, garden flags, keychains, candy tins, stone coasters, metal magnets, kitchen tea towels, pint size drinking glasses, shot glasses, mouse pads, Otterbox cell phone cases, folders, full size spiral notebooks, glass paperweights, bath mats, ornaments, door mats, baby blankets, grocery bags, two color mugs, acrylic tumblers, paper stickers, stainless steel water bottles,  and luggage tags.

Ceasar the Champagne Pitbull Dog Colorful Painting

My latest pet portrait features a colorful painting of a champagne pitbull terrier dog named Ceaser. Created with acrylic paints on a square 8″ x 8″ stretched canvas, completed on November 5, 2020. This is the first time I have done a square canvas, and I think it really works well for this subject! For those of you who are not familiar with the term, “champagne” is one of the color variations of pitbulls, and it is a dilute light grayish-tan color, like a very light fawn, and they have a red nose. You can view a larger image of this painting in my Portfolio.

Ceasar the Champagne Pitbull Dog photo vs painting

Ceasar photo vs painting

Recreating Ceasar’s fur color in my colorful style was a bit challenging. It is not really orange, but not really gray either, somewhere in between, and dilute in color.  For this portrait, I did something a bit differently than my usual process.  I mixed several colors together to create a base coat as similar to his fur color as I could.  For the champagne areas, I mixed unbleached titanium, light yellow, a bit of orange, and some fluorescent pink.  I then layered on additional colors, such as purple, pink, blue, orange and yellow, all mixed with a bit of white to dilute them and create a more pastel color palette. The “red” nose was created with magenta, orange, light pink, and white.  For the white areas, I used various blues and purples to create the shadows in the neck and body.  The eyes were left natural, using amber and brown.

If you like this painting and want one of your own pet, please visit my Pet Portraits Information page. There you can find info about pricing, sizes, and styles.

Although the original painting is sold, this artwork is available as a print and other products in my online stores.  For high quality wall art in lots of options, please visit my FineArtAmerica store. Here you will find paper art prints with many choices for framing and paper type. Also choose from canvas prints, acrylic prints, wood prints, metal prints, and wall tapestries.  Also available in this store are Jigsaw Puzzles, Throw Pillows, Fleece Blankets, Duvet Covers, Shower Curtains, Bath Hand Towels, Beach Towels, Coffee Mugs, Tote Bags, T-shirts, Cell Phone Cases, Greeting Cards, Face Masks, and Spiral Notebooks.

Please also visit my RedBubble Store for unique apparel and products that are not found in my other store, such as magnets, die cut vinyl stickers, acrylic blocks, coasters, comforters, wall clocks, scarves, travel mugs, water bottles, and aprons.

Garden Flags

Beautiful Garden Flags with Colorful Animal Art

Add a bit of personality to your garden with these beautiful garden flags featuring the colorful animal artwork of Rebecca Wang.  Show off your love for your favorite dog breed or a colorful mandala. Choose from dozens of unique designs, including vibrant dog and cat portraits, wild animals like foxes and tigers, peacocks, butterflies, geckoes, and fish. There is sure to be something for everyone, and they make great housewarming gifts! These flags are made from weatherproof polyester fabric, and measure 12″ wide by 18″ tall.  They are printed edge to edge and on both sides. You can also purchase an optional mounting bracket to display your flag.

Clicking on any image below will take you directly to the product page on an external site where you can purchase the flag.

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Larry the Labrador painting

Larry the Labrador Retriever Dog Colorful Painting

My latest pet portrait was completed on October 29, 2020.  It features a colorful portrait of a black Labrador Retriever dog named Larry. It was painted with acrylic paints on a 5″ x 7″ stretched canvas.  This is a much smaller canvas than I typically work with, but since it was a black lab it was less of an issue.  Since Labradors are short haired dogs, I did not have to worry as much about fine details, and could use a more painterly style to represent fur texture. So instead I focused on the overall tones, shadows and highlights to create structure to his face and body, and various colors to bring depth to the painting.

I used a mixture of medium blue and purple for the overall coat color, dark purple for the shadows, and light blue and teal for the highlights. These colors still emphasize that this is a black lab, but are unique and colorful as well. Black dogs often have a cool undertone to their fur, which can show up as blue or purple.   I then added some magenta and hot pink, medium blue, and green.  For the darkest shadows I sparingly used some black paint mixed with dark purple, so that they are as dark as they can be.  From my previous works on black animals, I have come to realize that I need to make my dark areas darker so the other colors are more vibrant. The eyes were left the natural color of dark brown, with black and purple used for the outlines and pupils. Light blue and white were used for the highlight in the eyes. The background is a simple gradient of light blue, green, yellow, and orange. This background color scheme contrasts nicely with the colors of the dog without being too flashy and taking attention away from the subject.

If you like this portrait of Larry and want one of your own dog, please visit my Pet Portraits Commission Page for more information. Also check out the Pet Portraits portfolio gallery to see more of my colorful pet portrait artworks, including other Labrador retriever dogs.

Even thought the original is sold, this artwork is still available for purchase as a fine art print and other products in my online stores. Please visit my FineArtAmerica/Pixels store for wall art, home decor, cases, t-shirts and much more. Visit my RedBubble Store for a variety of unique gifts and products including apparel, puzzles, stickers, magnets, and much more.

 

Postcards

Colorful Art Postcards are Fun To Collect

These art postcards featuring beautiful colorful artwork are fun to collect or send to your friends. Choose from over 80 unique artworks, with more designs added all the time.  These postcards are standard American USPS sized cards at 4.25″ x 5.6″.  Choose from matte or semi-gloss paper.  The matte paper texture is the best choice if you want to write on the back; choose semi-gloss if you intend to use them as mini-art prints instead.  There is sure to be something for everyone in this collection, including colorful portraits of dogs, cats, dragons, peacocks, wolves, foxes, tigers, sloths, sheep, lizards, and so many more.  Postcards also make great notecards. Save money if you buy them in bulk quantities.

Clicking on the images below will take you directly to the product page in my online store where you can purchase the postcards.

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Greeting Cards

Beautiful Greeting Cards for Any Occasion

These beautiful greeting cards can be used for any occasion. They are a great way to wish a happy birthday, say thank you, season’s greetings, or just to say hello.  With over 60 designs to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone.  These beautiful cards feature full color artwork on the front, including paintings of dogs, cats, foxes, dragons, phoenix birds, wolves, peacocks, tigers, and so much more.  The inside of each card has a color selected to complement the artwork on the front.  The back of the card lists the title of each artwork and the name of the artist, and a small picture of the art itself.  Each card is intentionally left blank inside, ready for your hand written message.

These greeting cards come in three sizes: small (4″ x 5.6″), standard (5″ x 7″), and large (8.5″ x 11″).   Choose from matte or semi-gloss paper. I recommend the matte paper, as it is easy to write on.

Clicking on the images below will take you to an external store where the product can be selected and purchased.

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