Milo – terrier painting

Meet Milo! He is a very sweet terrier and I worked on his portrait a few weeks ago. His painting was a gift for his owner for Christmas commissioned by his wife. She wanted something a little bit different for her husband and bought a gift voucher for Milo’s portrait. The painting is 20 x 25 cm in size and painted in acrylics on stretched canvas.

brown black terrier dog portrait

I worked on a cerulean blue background as a complementary colour to the warm ochres and umbers I used in the fur. I left the blue poking out from under the warm tones of the painting. I hope you all like it πŸ™‚

Milo had such a lovely inquisitive expression in the photo and I wanted this to translate in the painting. The photo was very detailed so I had a lot to work with. I am including some progress photos below together with the reference photo.

I have a few paintings just finished off my easel and I will be updating the blog over the next few days, so please keep checking πŸ™‚

German Shepherd Portrait

I have finished working on the latest portrait today. It is of Zeus, the lovely german shepherd that I have been working on for the last few days. It is 25 x 35 cm in size painted on stretched canvas. I just love his majestic pose and I wanted to capture that in the painting. The background was left out of focus for Zeus to pop off the image. I used raw umber for the base as usual and then worked in ultramarine, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and titanium white to flesh out the painting.

german shepherd portrait in acrylic on canvas
Portrait of Zeus the German Shepherd

German Shepherd Portrait in Progress

The studio has been so busy lately I have not found the time to post updates on new artwork. Well, here is the latest one I am working on: an acrylic painting of a lovely german shepherd called Zeus. He really is gorgeous and I am enjoying the painting process so much I simply had to post it here. Below are the first two steps of the painting progress. I started by putting down the basic shapes with raw umber. The second step then was to add colour and start the, as I call it, ‘sculpting’. I am using a black mixed from raw umber and ultramarine, burnt sienna and yellow ochre for the tan fur, and burnt umber for Zeus’s lovely eyes.

In the next step, I will work on the background. I usually build on the background from the start of the painting process, but I got so engrossed in the painting of Zeus, I left it out for now. More updates of the painting will follow over the next few days.

german shepherd portrait in progress
Zeus the german shepher d – portrait in progress step 1


german shepherd portrait in progress
Zeus the german shepherd – portrait in progress step 2

Retriever Portrait

Today I have finished the retriever portrait I have been working on for the past few days. Roxy is so beautiful and her fur colour is really rich. I wanted to capture her lovely personality and colouring in the portrait. I really took my time with this painting and I hope the it shows in the result.

retriever dog portrait in acrylic on canvas
Roxy’s finished portrait in acrylic on canvas


Retriever Portrait

Hello everybody. I know, I know, I haven’t been posting on the blog for such a long time… But I am back and very busy working on lots of new and exciting portraits. I will post all the recently finished portraits soon, but for now, this is a new one I have been working on last week…

There is much more to do on the detailing and it will be finished within a few days. It is a lovely portrait of Roxy, the beautiful retriever who has sadly passed away. Her owner has commissioned me to create a portrait of Roxy as a keepsake for herself. The portrait is painted with acrylics as usual, and is 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25cm) in size. The photos unfortunately do not show the beautiful colours on the canvas, but when the portrait is finished, I will scan it and match it to the original. These are the first three steps of the painting:

Roxy - portrait step 3
Roxy – portrait step 3
Roxy - portrait step 2
Roxy – portrait step 2
Roxy - portrait step 1
Roxy – portrait step 1

Golden Labrador Portrait

Today, I have finished working on Goldie’s portrait, the last Christmas commission. I have scanned it and it is ready to be collected by the client tomorrow. I think it worked out pretty well and I hope the client will like it too. The portrait is going to be a Christmas gift and is 30 x 30 cm in size, painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I just love Goldie’s expression in this portrait, she is really calm and serene, one of the things I love about labradors πŸ™‚

After Christmas, I will upload the pictures of the secret cat commission and I have some exciting new children’s portraits coming up, so keep checking this space.

And of course, I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas filled with joyous moments with your loved ones (human and animal alike) πŸ™‚

golden labrador pet portrait
Golden Labrador Portrait


Yorkshire Terrier Portrait – step 2

I have progressed on Max’s portrait and below is a photograph of what the painting is looking like now. I have put down some basic colours throughout the canvas which will give a great base for detailed work. I have not used white yet and I will start putting in highlights in the next step, so the painting is a little darker in places.

yorkshire terrier portrait painting - step 2
Yorkshire Terrier Max – portrait – step 2


Yorkshire Terrier Painting – step 1

This is Max, the cutest yorkshire terrier and I am now working on his portrait. The painting is in acrylic on stretched canvas and is quite large in size at 24 x 20 inches (50 x 60 cm). Max has sadly passed away and this portrait is going to be a Christmas present for one of his owners, whose silhouette will feature in the background. The setting for the portrait includes a beach where Max loved to run around with his owners.
So far I have started on an initial sketch of the painting and I am planning on finishing it next week. There is a lot to do, but I have the basis for the portrait down. In the next stages, I will start adding colours, first as thin washes and build on each wash with more colour. This way I am hoping to achieve a full and realistic painting.

max the yorkshire terrier - portrait in acrylic - step 1
Max the yorkshire terrier – portrait in acrylic – step 1

Boxer in landscape

I have finished working on George’s portrait today. I wanted to make sure it really works and all colours are harmonizing together, so I took an extra day for finishing touches. I hope you like it. I think it worked out quite well. Below is a scan of the finished painting. I tried to match the colours to the original as best I could, but of course the original will always look better. I am also including a detail image of George’s head and chest.

The portrait is painted with acrylics on stretched canvas and is 14 x 18 inches in size. It was commissioned with a portrait gift voucher that the client received as a birthday present from her friends. Next up is a graphite pencil drawing of two beautiful basset hounds which is going to be a Christmas gift for their owners.

boxer dog portrait painting in acrylic
Boxer George portrait painting
boxer dog portrait painting detail
Boxer Portrait – detail

Boxer in landscape – step 3

I have finally Β made some more progress on George’s portrait today. I worked on fine tuning the background water and distant landscape. The photo is a little dark as I took it in the evening, but there will be more updates in the next coming days. In the next step I will work on George himself and the rock and grass in the foreground. Hope you like it so far.

boxer dog portrait in progress - step 3
Boxer dog portrait in progress – step 3