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Bloomington residents painted their dogs, cats, geckos and tortoises Sunday afternoon for a BeCause event at Pourhouse Cafe on Kirkwood Avenue.
Those participating in the event provided photos of their pets in advance to allow for the organizers to create preliminary sketches of their respective pets. These sketches were accompanied by custom-numbered color schemes that helped them determine which blends they should use on which parts of the canvas.
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Different colored paint bottles are placed on the counter at the Pourhouse Cafe Sunday afternoon. The coffee and canvas event raised about $400 dollars for Our Lil’ Bit of Heaven Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.
Different sized paint brushes sit in a cup of water used for cleaning on Sunday. The different brushes each had different uses for painting portraits of pets.
A participant’s paint palette contained different shades of brown and black. These were common colors used to paint pets, particularly dogs, at Sunday’s coffee and canvas event.
A woman concentrates on the detail of her dog’s painting. Most of the 40 participants at Sunday’s coffee and canvas event painted dogs, but some had other types of animals.
One woman focuses on applying shading to her painting of a small dog. Participants submitted photos of their animals in advance so the event organizers could help them pick color schemes.
Brianne Harness assists one of the attending amateur painters with the final colors on her dog painting. Harness is the owner of BeCause, the organization that runs coffee and canvas events in the Bloomington area.
Brianne Harness demonstrates brush technique for a table of attendees. Harness said painters do not need to possess specific skills to attend her events, but that the biggest difficulties are blending and shading.
A painter applies contrasting colors to a painting of her bulldog. Most painters at Sunday’s coffee and canvas event used dark colors, but some used brighter colors to distinguish their paintings.
One woman concentrates deeply on her pet’s painting. Brianne Harness said paintings were pre-designed with numbers corresponding to colors for the coffee and canvas event.
An attendee at Sunday’s coffee and canvas event paints her gecko. Most of the participants brought photos of cats and dogs for the event, but others painted animals like tortoises and lizards.
Two participants compare color palettes at Sunday’s coffee and canvas event. A majority of attendees painted animals with dark skin or fur.
Bloomington residents painted their dogs, cats, geckos and tortoises Sunday afternoon for a BeCause event at PourHouse Cafe on Kirkwood Avenue.