My newest painting, titled Watchful Eye – Colorful Border Collie Dog, was completed on October 20, 2018, and is now for sale in my online stores. This is the 8th painting in the Colorful Dog Portraits series. This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall. it features an alert and expressive black and white border collie painted with vibrant colors. I used a palette of mostly cool colors, including green, blue and purple, with a touch of magenta and yellow. The background is an abstract gradient of green, yellow and orange to provide contrast to the colors used in the dog. The yellows in the background also bring attention to the light brown and ochre colors in the dog’s eyes.
The original painting is for sale. If you are interested please Contact Me.
If you click on the image to the right, you can see a closeup of the painting. All of my paintings follow a particular method. After transferring the sketch onto the board or canvas, I paint the background. I usually try to choose a background color that either contrasts or complements the colors that I will plan to use in the fur. In this case, the dog is mostly dark cool colors, so I wanted a lighter warm colored background for contrast. Then I always start with the eyes in my portrait. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, and they are so important to convey the emotion and personality of your subject.
Once the eyes are done to my satisfaction, I move on to the nose and ears. Then I start by putting down a base layer, called an underpainting, to the fur areas. In this case, I used a medium blue as the base for the “black” areas. I then added several layers of dark purple for the really dark shadows, and lighter blue and green for the highlights. I then went back and added some magenta and yellow to add some interest The white areas were painted last, as these were actually layered overtop the dark blue where the white and black areas meet. It is hard to tell, but there is actually several layers of colors in my paintings. This gives it depth and allows for some cool effects, especially when using translucent acrylics.
Photo reference from Pixabay. Border collies are an intelligent, athletic, and energetic breed. They are a sheep herding breed developed in Scotland. They are medium sized with long fur, and come in many colors, the most common being black and white. Although they do make good pets, due to their high intelligence and energetic nature they need more physical exercise and mental stimulation than most other breeds.
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If you like this painting and wish to purchase a print or other product, please continue reading below to learn about all the items I have in my online stores. These would make great gifts for someone who has a border collie or someone who loves dogs.
FineArtAmerica – Wall Art Prints
This colorful dog painting is available for purchase as a fine art print and many other home decor items in my FineArtAmerica store. This store is the best place to go for wall art such as Giclee Art Prints, Stretched Canvas Prints, Acrylic Prints, Metal Prints, Framed Prints, Wood Prints, and Tapestries. They have the most options for size, frame type, paper type and style, so you can get exactly what you want.
This store also has other products in their store, including greeting cards, spiral notebooks, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, yoga mats, phone cases, tote bags, beach towels, carry-all pouches, apparel, mugs, and fleece blankets. To see all the items for sale for this painting, please visit the store.
RedBubble – Home Decor and More
My RedBubble store also has a great selection of wall art and home decor items. They sell art prints and canvas prints, throw pillows, mugs, tapestries, duvet covers, tote bags, stickers, journals, cell phone cases, and ipad cases. They also carry unique products such as acrylic blocks, wall clocks, floor pillows, laptop sleeves, and a large selection of apparel.
They have a lot of unique clothing options that are not available in other stores, such as women’s chiffon tops, contrast tanks, scarves, and dresses. They also have multiple t-shirt options in men’s, women’s and kids sizes. To see all available products featuring this painting, please visit the store.
Zazzle – One-of-a-Kind Gifts and Accessories
My Zazzle store currently has 78 unique products for sale. There are products available in this store that are not found in other stores online. They have wall art, blankets, pillows, mats and rugs, ornaments, tote bags, bathroom decor, kitchen decor, ipad cases and covers, cell phone cases, school and office supplies, stationery, accessories, keychains, and apparel. Some of my most popular items are jigsaw puzzles, weekly planners, and luggage tags. These products are 100% customizable. This means you can add your own text and photos for a personal touch.
Please visit my Colorful Border Collie Collection to see all the products available for this design.
Society6 – Unique Decor Items
My Society6 store is also a great place to buy wall art, home decor items, and gifts featuring my artwork. They have the typical offering of art prints, blankets, pillows, tote bags and cell phone cases that are available at all my other stores.
They also have unique products, such as wood cutting boards, coasters, furniture, wall hangings, wood wall art, tapestries, and comforters.
Please see all the product options for this design by clicking HERE and scrolling down.