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now accepting digital painting commissions

I am now offering digital paintings by commission! Send me a clear, in focus photo in as high a resolution as possible, and I will create a digital painting from it! I craft these portraits using digital technology, but each stroke is done by hand with attention to each detail. The fee to create your painting is, for a limited time, $75, which includes a digital proof for your approval.

Here’s how it works: send a few photos to jeanette@jeanettesmithphoto.com and within approximately 2 weeks (subject to availability, season, etc.) I will send you a digital proof of your painting. Once you’ve approved the proof, you will choose your size and type of canvas. The painting will be printed then embellished with an acrylic topcoat to add texture and dimension to it. Once it is dry and cured (a few days), it will be sent to you.

Email me to order or check out my Etsy shop to order: Pugdesigns Etsy Shop

I am looking forward to making a beautiful piece of artwork for you or for you to give as a gift.

digital dodie

I’ve been working on getting better at digital painting, for now, on my own; although, I’d LOVE to take a course from Heather the Painter or Michelle Parsley. Maybe eventually but I would LOVE IT; they are such amazing digital artists. In the meantime, I’m practicing on my own and trying to get better with each painting. This one is of Dodie. For some reason, I’ve been hesitant about doing one of her, maybe because it’s sad looking at her for hours on end (I miss her so much) or maybe I’m afraid I wouldn’t do her justice. I decided, though, that it was time for her to have a digital painting now, though. Don’t get me wrong – there are plenty of photos and analog paintings of her around this house. But I wanted to do one with her using the style I’m working on now. So, all of that to say here is my digital painting of Dodie. I’m printing this and adding a top coat of acrylic medium which will let me give it a painted-like texture. 

…and I had forgotten…digital paintings

So it seems kind of wrong, somehow, to post about digital paintings after just writing a post about how much I love film photography. But here it is anyway. I do still want to explore this further, although, I’d really love to analog paint, too. I haven’t done a “real” painting in a long time (mind you, I am NOT good at it…but it’s fun). So for now, though, here are a few digital paintings I did a couple of months ago. Getting ready to start a new one of my Dodie.


I did some sort of trials with three cameras: Mamiya 645 AFD, Rolleiflex, and my trusty Nikon F100. I love the medium format negatives, but the Mamiya has something in the film insert that is scratching the film. Trying to figure it out, but nothing seems to fix it and they are not the easiest to find. The Rolleiflex is just fun and a whole other way of working because it’s crazy and awkward and not totally intuitive. And I think the majority of this film except for maybe the kids are all expired rolls. I know the medium format expired in, um, 2009. 🙂

Anyway, I think my favorites were the Tri-X in the Rolleiflex, although I did love the color on the kids. I’m definitely going to be doing more film photography. It’s the one thing that has made me feel energized creatively in a while. I love it.

latest digital painting

Still working at learning Corel Painter. I love digital painting because I can work on it without getting stuff out each time and I can do a little here and a little there. I really love analog painting too, although I need a lot more practice (as I do with Corel Painter). But I do love practicing. This latest one is of Buddy. (Surprise! And I really should break out of the pug mold but they are SO CUTE.) Poor Buddy, whose loss of teeth is causing him to show more tongue than I’d like. I thought he looked pensive in a vacant kind of way in this shot, so I chose it to work on. I tried to slow down and get more detailed and I like the result pretty well, except for the floating appearance. I need to learn how to ground him so he doesn’t float. I tried to blend in the area where he meets the background, especially on his body, more, but I feel l like it wasn’t enough. Maybe I’ll revisit it. Anyway, before and after:

fun with Corel Painter

I spent one dreary winter-ish day (we haven’t really HAD winter in Georgia this year) this week painting in Corel Painter. This is an older photo of Ezra that was used. I followed along with Heather the Painter‘s KelbyOne class, which is totally worth it. I am hoping to get her DVDs eventually and I would LOVE to take Michelle Parsley’s Elevate Your Art Photoshop Artisan class too. I love learning!

new in the etsy shop for easter!

I just listed a really soft, fluffy bunny snood in the Etsy shop! This is sooo soft. I used Pipsqueak by Bernat which turned out really fluffy. Go check it out!

New stuff at the Etsy shop: snoods and pug prints!

I finally got some good time to sit down and finish some pug snoods since winter finally decided to come in March. 🙂 It’s been too nice this winter to stay indoors, so needless to say, a lot of things remained undone. (Mostly my housekeeping.) But today I got six new snoods listed and some prints. Yay! Feels good to have accomplished something!

Made something new!

So I got a ukulele. Here’s the thing: I’m not musical but I’ve always wanted to play guitar. I love guitar solos in songs, love acoustic guitar and love it when people can just sit around with a guitar and sing (not good at that either, but you get the point). My problem, besides not being musical naturally, is that I have small hands. So I was always afraid that I wouldn’t be able to play with tiny hands. Plus, who has time for this stuff? But I met a girl with a ukulele and I thought, “That’s it! Perfect – minimal investment and tiny!” So I bought one. And a tuner, book and picks. My particular uke is the super cheap one at Guitar Center, And I’m good with that. I figure, if I actually can play this thing, I can always upgrade, and if not, not such a big deal. So I am practicing every day and have a new appreciation for real guitarists. The only thing I was missing was a case for it. It didn’t come with one and I could buy one, but you know, why not figure out how to make one and just do that? So I did. I traced the ukulele on craft paper, making a pattern. I made it with cotton, interfacing (although not as rigid as it should’ve been) and fleece inside. I put a zipper pocket on to store the tuner and picks and a shoulder strap and handle. It was a fun project – I woke up several times during the night with design ideas for it. (It would be nice to have this much enthusiasm for every project I got myself into.) I chose the fabric because it looked like a ukulele to me and has almost the same colors as my new branding for my photography business. So here are a couple of cellphone shots of the completed project. I am pretty happy with it and it makes me smile, so that’s good! Now to go practice so I can shred this thing someday!

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Puglanta Pugfest

So, Friday was a gorgeous day in Georgia. It got up to about 80 degrees and was just lovely. Perfect day for a bike ride. But then I crashed. Hurt my hands a little, but even though I hit my head – no concussion (WEAR A HELMET!). As I was going down, I thought “Oh no! Pugfest! I have to go go Pugfest!” I was mobile enough, and thankfully the husband went with to do all of the heavy lifting)  to go and have a booth at Puglanta Dog Rescue’s Pugfest this past weekend. And it was so worth it! This event was FULL of pugs! All kinds of pugs – tiny, young, old, fat, tall, short, black, fawn, white. So many sweet cutie pies! I could have taken them all home. Although that probably would not have gone over well with the husband. All of the snoods sold out (yay!) and we sold some ties and prints, too. It was a good day and we had so much fun seeing all of the pugs. The rescues were adorable, too. One of them stole a tiny bit of my heart, but I’m not sure I’m ready for another yet. I think Dodie will tell me when the time is right. People say it works that way. 🙂 Anyway, it was a beautiful (cold) day and I’m so glad I got to go! Looking forward to next year already. Here are a few shots that I took with the iPhone (whose screen I smashed the next day – it was a great week) or snagged off of Facebook:


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Lamb snood’s new owner. Isn’t she ADORABLE?img_6619

My wares:

Buddy in front of “his booth”:7640713d-2c9c-4cee-94ea-07da2d9033d3

Snood customer keeping warm: (unknown photo credit)