Watercolor vs. Acrylic


Most artists gravitate towards one medium, but I enjoy working with both watercolor and acrylic paint. They are polar opposites in terms of technique - watercolor must be built up from light to dark in several layers, while acrylic works down from dark to light. Watercolor is said to be the hardest medium to work with and I cannot disagree with that statement, but the end result is a beautifully blended, whimsical portrait with pops of bright color on a textured surface. Acrylic, on the other hand, allows for a dreamy mix of color and texture resulting in a contemporary style with lively tones and playful elements. My style is a fresh take on traditional pet portraits with a loose flow of brush strokes and unexpected pops of color.

I love the result of both mediums so my advice would be to choose whichever speaks to you. Watercolor paintings are smaller works, while acrylic portraits range from small to larger statement pieces. For more examples of my work, visit my gallery

  • Note that prices are based on portrait headshots only. Full body and/or full background will increase the price, so please contact me prior to ordering to discuss the details. 

  • Reference photos: The better resolution and detail in your photo, the better the portrait will be. I want you to love your forever painting, so let's make sure we use the right image. If you're unsure of what photo would work best or if you have any questions about the process, please contact me prior to ordering.

Current estimated wait time for Pet Portraits is 4-6 weeks.

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Lindsay Kivi is an Animal Artist who's signature style captures the colorful beauty of an animal's spirit, specializing in pet portraits.

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