Norfolk Terrier Dog Pet Portrait

“Jack and Lucy”
Norfolk Terrier double portrait
12 x 16 inches, original oil painting

These adorable dogs were the subjects of a recent portrait commission for a long-time client and friend of mine. Her two dogs are getting up there in years, and she thought it was a good time to have their portraits done for posterity. Lucy, on the left, is the younger of the two. Jack, on the right, is eleven, I believe. Jack had already had his summer haircut, but Lucy had not.

Now, there’s no way you can get two dogs to pose and hold a pose with the light on them “just so” … so every portrait begins with a photo session. That involves a fair amount of crawling around on the ground to shoot them from the right angle. My husband and I were shooting simultaneously, to maximize the number of reference photos we’d get before the dogs ran out of energy or patience with us. The next step was to edit the pictures in Photoshop to put together a composite where the light and direction of their gaze was consistent. After client approval of the reference composite, it just comes down to the painting, which was very enjoyable.

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Japanese Spitz dog portrait painting

“Japanese Spitz Dog”
12 x 16 inches
oil on canvas

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When we were in Arizona not too long ago, and visiting a beautiful lake, my attention was suddenly diverted from the sparkling water by the dazzling fur of this little dog, who was being treated to a walk. I asked the owners if I could take some pictures of her, and they happily agreed. I explained that I was an artist, always on the lookout for an interesting subject. I almost always paint animals from photography (they aren’t the best at holding still) so I worked on this portrait when I got back home. More than a year later the painting found a new home with the owners of a dog who looked identical to this one. The Arizona folks called it a Japanese Spitz dog, but it greatly resembles the American Eskimo dog, an AKA breed.

Beagle Dog Pet Portrait oil painting Commission

Beagle pet portrait oil painting
10 x 10 inches
SOLD, painted on commission

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How time flies! I painted this portrait for a family last year, and because it was intended as a Christmas present I didn’t post it here on my blog, lest the secret be spoiled. Then time moved on and I forgot to mention it. So, I’m presenting it now as an example of an animal portrait – I’ll post the companion portrait of a collie in a few days.

Portraits (of animals or people) make special, unforgettable holiday gifts. It’s a good time to place your order now, as things get busier and busier as the end of the year approaches.

The client for this one lives in a different state from me, so I needed to work from a provided photo instead of taking one myself. But I loved the angle and pose, so I was quite happy to use it.

California Seascape – Dogs on Beach Painting – Pet Portrait Offleash dog beach

“Beach Pals”
12 x 16 oil
Dogs playing on a leash-free beach in Santa Barbara

This is another of the paintings that I did for the “Art for the Animals” show at Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena, which sold yesterday. The show closes this coming Friday night, August 27. So if you’re in Los Angeles there are still a few days to see it. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA.

Painting animals is such a pleasure, I should really do it more frequently. These two buddies were having a good time chasing a tennis ball around in the surf. The little Corgi was pretty fast on his or her feet. I took a lot of photos that day, including some of an English bulldog romping in the surf. I’ll probably be painting that one, too.

The holidays are coming soon. If you’re thinking about a painting as a gift for someone special, this is a good time to make plans.

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King Charles Cavalier Puppy Portrait – “Precious”

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy
6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
SOLD (please inquire about other animal paintings)

I saw this little pup last weekend and begged the owner to let me take a picture. I always enjoy doing animal studies and the challenge of fur and dramatic lighting made it a special treat. The long floppy ears look so much like Titian-style hairdos. If a dog can be glamorous, this one is.

This small study is preparatory for a larger work including both the pup and its young master. Wouldn’t this little painting make a wonderful Valentine’s present for a dog lover?

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