Vibrant Painting of Tricolor Australian Shepherd Dog

A colorful pet portrait of a black tricolor Australian Shepherd dog named Shane. The painting was created with acrylic paints on a 12″ x 16″ stretched canvas, and completed on January 28, 2021. This unique portrait features a sunset color palette, with vibrant blue, purple, magenta, red, and orange colors. A larger version of this artwork can be seen in my Portfolio Gallery.

This portrait was created in my distinct colorful realism style. For this style, I retain the original coloration and markings of the dog, and replace them with colorful analogues. For instance, black colored fur is represented by blues and purples. This dog is a black tricolor Australian shepherd, which means that the main colors of the dog are black, tan, and white. The black areas are painted using dark purple, dark and medium blue, and with light blue as highlights, with a few splashes of green and magenta to add depth and make it interesting.  The tan areas are painted with orange, yellow, fluorescent pink, and magenta, with some fluorescent orange and yellow here and there.  The fluorescent colors do not scan or photograph very well, especially the orange. As as result, this painting is actually more vibrant in real life.

In the images above, you can see closeup views of different areas of the painting, so you can see the detail and colors used.

The owner requested a dark blue-purple-red gradient background for this portrait. I have not done that color combination for a background for a pet portrait before, although I have used it a couple of times for personal artwork. I was not sure if it would look right, since the dog is mostly black.  I decided to lighten the highlights so that the dog stood out from the background. I think it turned out very well, and it can still be distinguished that the dog is actually black.

About the Breed – Australian Shepherd Dog

Australian shepherd dogs, despite their name, are a herding breed that originated in the United States. The breed was developed from the similar border collie and other herding collie breeds. They can be distinguished from the related border collie dog breed by their heavier-set build, slightly larger size, ears which normally lay down rather than pricked, and commonly bobbed or docked tail. They come in a variety of colors, including tricolor black, tricolor red, bicolor, blue merle, and red merle. They can also have a variety of eye colors, including amber, green, brown, and blue, and even heterochromia (multiple colored eyes). They are energetic and intelligent dogs, and are a versatile breed.


If you like this painting and want one of your own dog or cat, please visit my Pet Portraits commission page for more information on the process, materials, and process.


Wall Art Prints, Home Decor and More

This beautiful original painting has a home, but you can purchase the artwork as a fine art print and other products in my online gallery stores. Please read the information below to learn about available products and stores where you can purchase this artwork.

For high quality fine art prints and home decor items, please visit my FineArtAmerica/Pixels store. This artwork is available to purchase as a fine art print on various substrates, such as giclee paper prints, framed prints, stretched canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints, and tapestries. Each print medium comes with multiple sizes to choose from and many other options to suit your home decor needs and tastes. You can also purchase throw fleece blankets, sherpa blankets, duvet covers, shower curtains, beach and bath towels, throw pillows, cell phone cases, jigsaw puzzles, tote bags, coffee mugs, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, face masks, and t-shirts in this store.

In my RedBubble store you can find unique gift ideas for purchase. In addition to many of the products in the previous store, you can find many unique apparel and clothing options, die-cut vinyl stickers, magnets, laptop skins and sleeves, iPad and iPhone cases, art board prints, mounted canvas prints, postcards, posters, acrylic blocks, bath mats, wall clocks, coaster sets, comforters, floor pillows, drawstring bags, pin back buttons, scarves, travel mugs, water bottles, hardcover journals, jigsaw puzzles, and aprons.

My Zazzle store is filled with products that can be found nowhere else, including many stationery products and kitchen and dining decor, and they all make amazing gifts for a friend or family.  In this store you can find garden flags, playing cards, paper stickers, address labels, full-size spiral notebooks, weekly planners, pocket folders, specialty mugs, shot glasses, pint size drinking glasses, acrylic tumblers, stainless steel water bottles, kitchen tea towels, flexible fridge magnets, stone coasters, candy tins, reusable grocery bags, ceramic and acrylic ornaments, baby blankets, and jigsaw puzzles.