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FROM CAMERA TO CANVAS… 

AN “OLD MASTER”

SIMULATED OIL OR WATERCOLOR PAINTING

FROM YOUR PHOTO!

Linda Lee Herdering, award winning artist and owner/musher, will take your

favorite photo and turn it into a gorgeous work of art!  She knows dogs inside and out!

 

              WATERCOLOR-STYLE Paintings:

 "Smokey Yoga,"  "Daily Life"  and "Red Rosie"           

             

                                                        

 

      

OIL ON CANVAS-STYLE Paintings:

"Big Iggy" and "Double Trouble"

            

   

  

  

Zsa Zsa Oil Painting Portrait

 

Reasonable prices & all sizes available. Normal and custom options to include stretching and mounting. We use pro UV resistant, deep archival ink with a 200 -year lifespan and 19-mil. cotton canvas. Or you can choose textured art watercolor paper.  Both create stunning images in any size up to a huge 48” x 60”.

Jag-Muffin Portrait

Combining digital art technology and photographic design, your image will be manipulated to enhance the nuances and special characteristics of your pet.  A forever-treasure.

 

 

"Queen Zsa Zsa" and "Princess Jag"

 

                                                                                               

Simply email your digital photo (high resolution with minimal background works best) to Linda and she'll contact you with suggestions and to answer questions.  Then be prepared to be pleased and surprised when your portrait is delivered.   Email:  Linda@HuskyPowerDogsledding.com

           "Bandit"  Bandit portrait-- lying down with reflection        

 

                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                             

PRICES:

                                         Stretched
Sizes      Unmounted      & Mounted
8x10...........  $75.............      $95
11x14.........  $115.............  $145
16x20.........  $145.............. $175
20x24.........  $175.............. $195

Custom sizes available.
Shipping additional $10.

Upon completion your portrait will be shipped to you as a professional giclee print. Stretching, mounting and additional painting optional.

 

Linda's Artwork Shows at Multi-county Galleries

 

Single-artist show at "The Gallery," Oakland, MD and

single-artist show at "Arts at Canal Place," Cumberland, MD.     

     

Linda's work in two "Wills Creek Survey" juried gallery shows

at the Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD

       

 

In Regards to the Artwork…..                                    

With inspired emotion and trend-setting originality, Linda creates "painted-style" photos or painted-style photos that have paints applied.  (These are "mixed media" animal portraits--combining manipulated digital photography with oil or watercolor paints.)  Linda can create a simulated oil painting or simulated watercolor painting with digital photography manipulation which is professionally printed on canvas or textured paper.  Her unique portraits are the sum total of an intense multi-step process beginning with a study of the subject's personality and traits.  Getting to know the animal by it's image allows Linda to find the areas of facial expression and body language which she feels truly demonstrates the subject’s life and temperament.  She then highlights and draws attention to these features.     

Linda asks that you email (or snail mail) your one favorite image of your pet-- the one that best fits three “concrete” requirements:  instigates emotion, instills a feeling of wonderment and provides the highest level of representation of the animal’s spirit.  In other words, your favorite!  High resolution photos with minimal background clutter are best.

The portrait begins to take on a life of it’s own with several types of digital manipulation at Linda’s home studio.  She chooses not to use photo enhancing software that allows the user to “press a button” and automatically turn the photo into a painted-portrait-looking image.  This software program feature would not allow customization work nor the detailing necessary to ensure the portrait is ready for further enhancement with paint.  Instead, Linda painstakingly chooses minute areas of the portrait to manipulate one at a time… allowing her to create a dreamy, watercolor-like or oil portrait-like feeling with each small piece of the image individually.  Linda will most often customize the portrait with subsequent painting in mind—leaving areas tuned for additional paint work.  Crafting the outcome in this way ensures a product with the utmost in personal attention to detail and to the subject itself. 

For example, Linda chooses small areas of the image to lighten and other areas to darken… large areas are softened and small pieces are sharpened.  Highlights are added and highlights taken away…. some pieces are deleted while some are enhanced with brightening and outlining.  Then work on the colorization touches…  levels of saturation and transparency are manipulated for each color in the image.  Small portions are machine blended.  Each piece of the image has its contrast and sharpness levels tweaked.  And this is only the beginning.        

Cropping and printing come next, with images cropped as closely and creatively as possible to highlight the most important aspect of the animal's expression and stance.  Prints are then made using long-lasting archival dyes on fine art, watercolor-textured papers OR professional 16-millimeter canvas paper.  The print dyes will last 200+ years on your "glicee print."

Some people choose to have Linda add paint strokes to the final print to customize it.  This is never neccessary--but can add originality not found elsewhere.  With this customized option Linda adds watercolor or oil paints directly to the image to further enhance and highlight particular features. 

                                                  

               

Linda's artwork has been displayed many places-- including storefront windows,

conferences and at the finish line of the 2008 Iditarod in Nome, AK!

 

In Regards to Linda Herself…..                         

In 2004 Linda and her husband Mike, newly retired from the Marine Corps, settled for good back in Western MD and opened Husky Power Dogsledding Tours and Artwork.  Training and running their working Huskies in all light conditions inspired Linda to revisit her extensive photography roots with the added dimension and enthusiasm of watercolor and oil paintings in mind.  Further technical digital enhancement study and painting training, coupled with the exquisite deep love of her subjects enable Linda to create exciting and unique portraits.

Capturing animals in art is Linda’s passion.  She not only concentrates on her own teams of working sleddogs, but is available to create a one-of-a-kind portrait of your family pet.

 

Watercolor-Style Portraits:

Slider PortraitRoary Portrait"Gun Pup" PortraitBuzz Portrait

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