My latest pet portrait was completed on October 29, 2020. It features a colorful portrait of a black Labrador Retriever dog named Larry. It was painted with acrylic paints on a 5″ x 7″ stretched canvas. This is a much smaller canvas than I typically work with, but since it was a black lab it was less of an issue. Since Labradors are short haired dogs, I did not have to worry as much about fine details, and could use a more painterly style to represent fur texture. So instead I focused on the overall tones, shadows and highlights to create structure to his face and body, and various colors to bring depth to the painting.
I used a mixture of medium blue and purple for the overall coat color, dark purple for the shadows, and light blue and teal for the highlights. These colors still emphasize that this is a black lab, but are unique and colorful as well. Black dogs often have a cool undertone to their fur, which can show up as blue or purple. I then added some magenta and hot pink, medium blue, and green. For the darkest shadows I sparingly used some black paint mixed with dark purple, so that they are as dark as they can be. From my previous works on black animals, I have come to realize that I need to make my dark areas darker so the other colors are more vibrant. The eyes were left the natural color of dark brown, with black and purple used for the outlines and pupils. Light blue and white were used for the highlight in the eyes. The background is a simple gradient of light blue, green, yellow, and orange. This background color scheme contrasts nicely with the colors of the dog without being too flashy and taking attention away from the subject.
If you like this portrait of Larry and want one of your own dog, please visit my Pet Portraits Commission Page for more information. Also check out the Pet Portraits portfolio gallery to see more of my colorful pet portrait artworks, including other Labrador retriever dogs.
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