Grouse with landscape

I worked on this painting a couple of weeks ago. It is of a springer spaniel called Grouse. He is a much loved family pet and the client has commissioned his portrait as a Christmas present.

The painting was 30 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I added a landscape background the client chose. This worked really well I thought. It added some depth in the painting and I could really push Grouse to the front.

springer spaniel dog painting

I took lots of photos when I was painting and of the finished portrait.

Client Testimonial

acrylic dog portraits canvas

I received a lovely email from one of my clients. He commissioned the portrait of Mini, the lovely yorkie.

Hi Ivana, I’m sorry that I have not been in contact before this.  I got the painting delivered to my parent’s house and only saw it yesterday.  It is really beautiful and captures Mini perfectly.

I gave the painting to Lorraine last night and she was totally blown away by it.  She thinks it is just amazing and got very emotional looking at it.  Mini was her first dog and although we now have 4 dogs Mini will always have a special place in Lorraine’s heart so thank you very much for such a beautiful job.

We will have to get a group painting of the 4 dogs next time!

Best wishes, Aaron

Family Drawing

Christmas orders are in full swing now and I am working away to get all the portraits ready in time. I haven’t had the time to update the blog, so I will try and do that in the next few weeks.

family drawing

This is a family portrait I worked on a few weeks ago. The portrait was commissioned as a birthday present for the mum in the picture by her husband. I had a lot of photographs to go by which made it much easier for me to capture everyone’s likeness.

family drawing in a mount

The drawing was 20 x 30 cm in size drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I worked with Staedtler Lumograph 2B and 4B pencils mostly. The drawing was mounted in a neutral colour mount before it was collected by the client. I took some photos of the mounted portrait.

Mini the Yorkie

This is Mini, the yorkshire terrier. I worked on her portrait just a week ago. The client commissioned this painting as a Christmas present for his wife. I loved the photograph the client provided for this portrait. The red cushion in the background added a lovely warm contrast to the whites and greys of Mini’s fur. I detailed Mini’s head and worked the rest of the painting more loosely. The painting was 30 x 40 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas.

The client was very happy with the painting:

Hi Ivana, Thank you so much, it is perfect. It really captures Mini.  I know Lorraine will love it. Aaron

yorkshire terrier painting

I took some photographs of the painting in progress and of the finished canvas.

Lassie the Collie

This is Lassie, the lovely black, white and brown collie. This is the second portrait for the same client. Lassie has sadly passed away and the client wanted a portrait of him as a Christmas present.

The painting is 25×25 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I added some shaded background to add some mood to the painting. I love the way Lassie is looking up at the camera. I scanned the painting and took some photos of the progress and the finished painting.black white brown collie painting canvas

Two Paintings – Henri and Shadow

This is a project I worked on in August. It is of two lovely dogs called Henri and Shadow. Henri passed away and his owner misses him terribly. He was a jack russell terrier. Shadow is a shetland sheepdog. The portraits were commissioned as birthday presents for the dog owners who are twin sisters. The whole family have decided to surprise them with the paintings. The portraits were the same size of 40 x 40 cm and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I worked from photos provided by the clients.

dog portrait acrylic

The reference photo for Henri’s portrait was his owner’s favourite photo and the client was very keen to include the basket and blanket in the portrait. We opted for a simple shaded background as there was a lot happening in the painting.

sheepdog acrylic painting

Shadow’s portrait was adjusted a little more from the reference photo. The clients wanted a landscape background because Shadow loves his walks. I added some out of focus trees to the back and a grass meadow.

 

Annie and George

I completed this drawing a few weeks ago and received a lovely phone call from the recipient of the portrait. She was delighted with the portrait of her two dogs, Annie and George. Annie is the wheaten terrier and George is a St Bernard dog. It was so lovely to hear she liked it so much and knowing that I captured each character on paper. It was commissioned by her sister as a birthday present. The drawing is 20 x 30cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on Fabriano 5 paper. After testing other brands of pencils, I am back using Staedtler Lumograph as I think they are the best for darkness. I am light handed when I draw so I use soft pencils for shading, to create a darker drawing overall.

dog portrait drawing

I took a photo of the drawing in a mount, just before it was collected. I am also including some close-up images of each of the dogs and client reference photos.

Ruth and Yogi

lady and dog painting detail This is the latest family portrait I completed this month. It was 60 x 60 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. It captures the client’s wife and her beloved shepherd dog Yogi. She is an avid horse rider and brings Yogi with her when riding. The client, her husband, wanted to give her something special for their wedding anniversary. He was very pleased with the result. Because the canvas was quite large, I took photographs instead of scanning it. Unfortunately, they don’t do it justice when it comes to lighting and colour. I matched it as well as I could, but a lot of the brush strokes are not visible in the photo.
woman and dog portrait painting

client reference for a photo
client photo

Lola and Bear

This a painting of Lola and Bear, two lovely pomeranian crosses. Lola is 13 years old and Bear is 12. Bear was the last puppy of Lola’s last litter. The client commissioned this portrait for her boyfriend who just loves them both. It was a present for his big birthday.

The client was very happy with the result and wrote a lovely email when she received the painting:

Hi Ivana,  Just to let you know I received the painting & it’s really fabulous, I love it. I know my boyfriend will love it too when he gets it for his birthday. Thank you so much. Eimear

dog painting acrylic

The painting was painted with acrylics on stretched canvas 35 x 45 cm in size. I took some photos of the finished painting. I am also including the client photo.

Portrait Drawing

This is a portrait I completed for FBD. It is of Andrew Langford and it will be placed in the office with other similar portraits of previous managers. The drawing is 30 x 30 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I will be mounting and posting it tomorrow and I will take some photos of how it looks mounted.drawing of a man

I took some photos of the finished mounted portrait: