This unique colorful pet portrait is of a silken windhound named “Pie”. It was painted with acrylics on an 8″ x 10″ stretched canvas, and was completed on February 4, 2021. The dog’s coloration is black and white piebald, and so I chose a mostly cool color palette to do her portrait. The colors used are purple, blue, teal, magenta, hot pink, and white, with natural brown colored eyes. The background is a gradient of teal, blue, and purple. It was a pleasure to create this portrait, as this is the first time I have painted a portrait of a sighthound. This breed is not a common subject in paintings. A larger version of this painting can be seen in my Portfolio Gallery.
This portrait was challenging to create, as the pet was deceased and the owner had very few photos of the dog. The photos they did have were cell phone snapshots, and were mostly blurry, dark, and taken from far away so there was very little detail. However, since this is a purebreed dog, I was able to find similar dogs to use to fill in the details. I was also fortunate that there were some photos of the dog clearly showing her markings, so I was able to get those as accurate as possible. Creating pet portraits from old photos or ones taken by a cell phone can be very challenging, but luckily my portrait style is looser and I am usually able to adapt the likeness of the pet on the canvas.
About the Breed
The silken windhound is a fairly new breed of sighthound, having been established in the mid 1980s in the United States. They are considered to be a rare breed, and are not commonly seen. They are not currently recognized by the AKC, but they are accepted in the United Kennel Club. They are medium sized sighthounds, and resemble a miniature version of a borzoi. They are friendly, intelligent, and sweet dogs, and love to run courses. You can find more information about this gorgeous breed on the Wikipedia page.
Get Your Own Custom Pet Portrait!
If you like the painting of Pie and would like one of your own pet, please visit my Pet Portraits Commission Page to read more about the process and see a price list.
Art Prints, Home Decor, and Gifts
This artwork is also available in my online stores for purchase as an art print and other products. If you are a fan of the Silken Windhound breed and want some artwork for your home decor, please visit my stores below.
For high quality fine art prints and home decor items, please visit my FineArtAmerica/Pixels Print store. This unique dog artwork is available to purchase as a variety of wall art options, including as giclee paper prints (with or without frames), stretched canvas prints, prints on metal wood and acrylic, and polyester wall tapestries. Each print type has many options or size and finish, and there are hundreds of options for frame and mat color and style to choose from.
Also available are many home decor and gift products, such as fleece throw blankets, sherpa blankets, duvet covers, shower curtains, beach and bath towels, throw pillows, and coffee mugs. Other gift products include cell phone cases, jigsaw puzzles, tote bags, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, face masks, and apparel.