Four Dogs Painting

This is a portrait I worked on back in August. I am still playing catch-up with my blog 🙂 The painting is 30 x 40 cm in size painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. It was commissioned by a return client. The painting was a gift to the clients’ friends who she was visiting in France. I worked from four reference photographs that I am including below. The client was very pleased with the finished painting. It was a lovely painting to work on, the dogs being so different. We opted for a montage type composition with a simple shaded background.

portrait painting

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 white brown collie painting canvas

Sam the Collie in the Donegal mountains

I recently worked on this lovely painting of Sam, a lovely collie dog with a backdrop of the Donegal mountains. The portrait was commissioned as a Christmas present for the client’s partner and Sam’s owner. Sam is no longer with us and I wanted to capture his lovely nature in the painting. He was a rescue dog and his owners were very fond of him.


Sam’s portrait -detail

I was given lots of reference photographs for Sam’s portrait so I had a lot to work from. One of the photos was of Sam in the Donegal mountains, and I thought it would make a really lovely background. The painting was 50 x 60 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. There was some fog coming over the mountains in the background and I decided to keep the painting quite soft to work with that. I am including a detailed view of the painting which I scanned and pieced together. Below are some work in progress images of the painting and a reference photo.


Happy New Year

I wish you all a very Happy New Year 2016. I would also like to thank everybody who is following my blog, and who has commissioned a portrait with True Image Fine Art.

I haven’t been blogging my latest Christmas portraits, so here is the first one. It is of a lovely collie called Beauty. I completed this portrait in November and it was gifted for Christmas to Beauty’s owner.

collie portrait painting

Labrador and Collie Portrait – step 3

I am nearly finished with Monty’s and Jessie’s portrait now. I have been working on it most of the week and it is looking very well I think. I just have some adjustments to do on Monday and finish off the foreground grass and a bit of the background. I hope you all like it.

labrador and collie dog portrait in progress
Monty and Jessie – dog portrait step 3