Completed on January 19, 2021 is this small pet portrait of a mixed breed gray dog named “Finn”. The painting was created with acrylic paints on a 5″ x 7″ mini canvas. The customer wanted Finn to have natural coloration with a colorful background. The background is a gradient of medium blue, teal, green and a bit of yellow. A larger version of the painting can be seen in my Portfolio.
Finn appears to be a pitbull mixed breed dog, and is mostly a gray color with some brownish tones here and there. This is a bit different than my usual style, which is colorful realism. I think the natural color scheme works really well for pets that are gray or brown, as these colors are difficult to reproduce as a colorful scheme. I created the base color by mixing a bit of black with some titanium white, and then adding in some brown to warm it up a bit. This was darkened by adding a bit more black and brown, or even some dark purple, to create the shadowed areas of this fur. I work in layers, which allows more depth in the colors than working in a single layer. Since acrylics are somewhat translucent, it allows the lower layers to show through a bit, and can create a neat effect with the fur details. I added some blue lowlights and yellow highlights to make it interesting.
I also don’t normally create paintings on such a small canvas. I prefer larger canvases, as it can allow me to add more details and be more relaxed with my brushstrokes. Working on a small canvas means that it will have a more painterly effect, and less detailed. Small paintings are great for animals that are a solid color and shorthaired, as they don’t need a lot of fine details. They are also great for customers that maybe don’t have a lot of room for a larger painting, or are on a budget.
If you like the portrait of Finn and want one of your own dog or cat (or any other animal) please visit my Pet Portraits commission page to see my price list and more information on ordering your own painting.
This artwork is also available as a fine art print, wall art, and other products in my Gallery Print Store. Choose from paper giclee, stretched canvas, metal, wood, acrylic, or tapestry wall art options, as well as a tote bag, coffee mug, greeting card, spiral notebook, jigsaw puzzle, fleece blanket, and phone case.