July 2012 Juried Invitational Exhibition

Janis Zroback Fine Art
Award for Portraiture
Excellence in Portraiture
SoJie 17, July 2012

Janis Zroback Fine Art
Award for Portraiture
Excellence in Composition
and Harmony
SoJie 17, July 2012

July 2012 Juried Invitational Exhibition

Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

This is a translation of a photograph by Corri Gryting Gutzman named “Chihuahua and the Kayak Adventure”. I did this for the Sojie 17 Portrait Workshop.

Chihuahua and the Kayak Adventure
by Corri Gryting Gutzman

My goal in this painting was not to copy the original photo of Mia or to capture the exact likeness. As you see, I’ve purposely enlarged her eyes and changed some other features to give her face more expression and contact with the viewers eyes. I created a different background to fit Mia into the style that I had in mind for the painting. I also changed the lighting angle from right ( in original image) to left, which presented a lot of challenges in the process. I’ve used stylized elements in my painting and wanted the dog to have some stylized look to it, so that all elements are in harmony, not only color wise but style wise also. I was trying my best to keep Mia’s cute characteristics so that she still will be recognizable as Mia, Corrie’s sweet dog.

This was done on stretched canvas, 16″×20″ with acrylics and oil pastels. Original painting has been SOLD.

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  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on a SUPERB rendition and original interpretation. I love this work!

  • Really appreciate your feedback, Jolante! Thank you!

    – Lana Wynne

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 2 years ago

    This is brilliant!!!! Love it love it love it!!!!!!

  • That is such a great compliment! Thank you so much for this great feedback!

    – Lana Wynne

  • kimberlysdream
    kimberlysdreamover 2 years ago


  • I am so grateful! Thank you so much for your lovely visit and wonderful comment!

    – Lana Wynne

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoover 2 years ago

    Wonderful sparkling lively eyes; background and ruffled collar!

  • Dear Helen , thank you so much for visiting and for your great comment! I really appreciate it!

    – Lana Wynne

  • Martha Mitchell
    Martha Mitchellover 2 years ago

    I love your clever and original interpretation of the photo. Great style and composition; beautiful detail and personality!

  • Oh, dear Martha, I’m so pleased with your wonderful feedback ! Thanks for stopping in to let me know!

    – Lana Wynne

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 2 years ago

    Lana this is adorable. I imagine Mia must be very happy with her portrait (Corri, too!) I love your subtle coloring and the dog’s expression. Your canvases are magic.

  • Frannie, BIG thank you. As always your feedback is so great, and I am thrilled to have this lovely comment from you. Hugs

    – Lana Wynne

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiover 2 years ago

    Love it

  • Awww, that feels so good. Thanks, Andy!

    – Lana Wynne

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 2 years ago

    Wonderful Lana! Love the mountains in the distance….the lake…just gorgeous!

  • Tank you, dear Tahnja! What a great comment from you!

    – Lana Wynne

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 2 years ago

    Your work has been nominated to show in the
    July 2012 Juried Invitational of Solo Exhibition,
    SoJIE 17 – ‘The Portrait’.
    Follow Instructions for entering, now….

  • Dear Frannie,thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so thrilled and so honored!

    – Lana Wynne

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 2 years ago

    Love it!

  • Hi, Corri! Huge thank you! I am so thrilled to know that you like it! Many thanks again, my friend!

    – Lana Wynne

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