This is a painting of Molly, the beautiful springer spaniel whose portrait I worked on before Christmas. I was so busy, I haven’t been updating the blog, so I will try and catch up over the next few weeks. I worked on all sorts of commissions from dog portraits to people portraits, drawings and paintings alike.
Molly’s painting was commissioned as a birthday present for the client’s daughter. Molly has a damaged leg and keeps it folded when sitting. The client was very keen to show this in the portrait together with her squeaky toy bone. This brought a lovely splash of colour into the painting. The red blanket behind Molly tied it all together. I worked from several reference photos which was great as I could really capture Molly’s colouring and expression.
The painting is 25 x 30 cm in size and painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I took some pictures of the painting in process and the finished canvas.
The client was very happy with the painting and sent me a lovely email before and after she gave it to her daughter:
Thanks Ivana…Caitriona is going to be really thrilled as Molly is the light of her life. We all love her..and you have captured her so well..you have a gift for sure. Many thanks again for completing it so quickly..
Hi Ivana…Just to say Caitriona was over the moon with the painting of Molly…many thanks again. Your work is lovely and the service first class..wishing you continued success and a very Happy Christmas
This is a drawing I worked on a few weeks ago. It was one of two dog portraits for the same client from county Wicklow. Polly has sadly passed away a short time ago and her portrait is being given to her owner as a birthday present. The drawing was 20 x 25 cm in size and drawn with graphite pencils on paper. I worked from one reference photo which worked very well, so no adjustments were needed. I am including a scan of the drawing below together with the reference photo and an image of the finished drawing in a mount.
I completed another portrait for the same client, of her three dogs, wheaten terriers. I will be posting an image of the finished drawing soon, so please check back for updates 🙂
I completed this portrait a week ago for a client in Dublin. It was a wedding present for the clients’ neighbours and friends, who own the three dogs pictured in the painting. The cute beagle in the back belongs to the clients. They thought it would be lovely to have him there since he is best friends with their three dogs. The couple was delighted with their present. The portrait was 40 x 50 cm in size and was painted with acrylics on canvas.
I finished working on Baxter’s portrait last night and after some tweeking this morning, I scanned it. It is looking really well I think and I hope you will like it too. It was lovely to work on a square format, I think Baxter’s position in this portrait really suits it. I used pencils of various thickness to achieve good tone in the drawing, 2H, HB up to 8B for the darkest areas. There is a small inscription on the bottom of the page reading ‘Baxter April 2013’.
Next up is a portrait of a bride which will be painted with acrylics on stretched canvas. I have prepared and primed the canvas and I will be starting work on it today. Progress pictures to follow on Monday.
This is Baxter. I have worked on his portrait all day today and I am progressing really well. I should be finished tomorrow evening. The size of the portrait is 30 x 30cm and I will put it in a mount when it is finished. The first step was to sketch the portrait on paper and in the second stage, I have started working on shading and refining the portrait. Baxter is a real character and the client wanted to show that in this portrait, hence the tennis ball in his mouth. The photograph was taken on the beach while Baxter was playing with his owners. The portrait will be a birthday present.
This is a scan of the finished portrait of Aidan the springer spaniel. It worked out really well I think. I posted it off to the owner on Friday so hopefully he will be thrilled with it.
The pet portrait was painted with acrylic on hand stretched canvas. The portrait size is 12″ x 8″ (about an A4). If you are thinking of commissioning a pet portrait yourself, then contact me on email@example.com or through my contact form on www.trueimage.ie/contact.html. If you have any comments, feel free to comment here. I am always delighted to hear from those of you who follow me here on the blog.
I will be posting the new yorkshire terrier portrait I have finished in the last week, so keep checking back for updates.
This is an update for Aidan’s portrait. I have adjusted his colouring slightly to match with the photograph, as I originally had it too red. It is turning out to be quite a nice portrait, I think. I will be hopefully finishing it off tomorrow. I have to still add more detail to the fur around his ears, his body in the background, and of course the tennis ball. There are a few snowflakes on his face, which I will add last.
I have a few portraits to add to the portrait gallery, both pet portraits and family portraits. I will be updating the website soon with detailed scans of my recent commissions. I am also planning on introducing a smaller size for all portraits, which will be a little more affordable. So check back soon, there might be some offers too!
I have been progressing work on Aidan’s portrait. I had to put it aside as I had a lovely commission of a pencil portrait of a yorkshire terrier. I will post scan of the finished drawing soon.
I have now started detailing Aidan’s face – eyes and nose. I still need to adjust the colour slightly and work on his ears and body in the background. It is going to be a lovely portrait when finished. Below is a progress scan of the second stage of this dog portrait – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 8″ in size.