This portrait was commissioned as a Christmas present for the girl in the painting. It was commissioned by her boyfriend. She is holding her lovely bichon frise in their kitchen. The reference was quite dark and I brightened it a little.

Girl holding a bichon frise dog, 25 x 20 cm, acrylic on stretched canvas

The client provided me with one reference photo which I cropped slightly. I didn’t make any changes to it, I wanted to capture the entire moment as is in the photo. The painting was painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. It is small in scale at 20 x 25 cm which created an intimate portrait of the subjects.

Finished painting in my studio

The light coming in from the window to the right created some interesting colours in the photo. It was a very interesting project and I enjoyed working in the dark shadows and contrasting bright colours.

The client was delighted with the painting:

Hi Ivana! That is absolutely beautiful, thank you so much…I really appreciate the effort and work you put into the painting, it’s a beautiful painting.

Donal, Dublin

I took a photo of the painting in progress:

Colour blocking the painting
Reference photo