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Poseidon Zeus Hades

Multiple Dog Pet Portrait Acrylic Painting on Canvas

My latest pet portrait painting is complete!  Finished March 19, 2020.  This portrait is created with acrylic paints on a 12″ x 16″ stretched canvas. From left to right, they are: Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades.  Poseidon is a Keeshond, and so is Zeus, and Hades is a shepherd mixed breed.

Please click on the pictures below to see close up view of all three dogs.

 


This painting was created with my signature colorful style, but in a slightly different way. Looking at a small thumbnail version of the picture, the dogs look fairly normal, somewhat grey and black.  However, once you zoom in and see the details you can see that no grey or brown was used. The fur details of the dogs was created using the entire spectrum of colors in small impressionistic brush strokes.  For example, in the “white” areas of Zeus’ face, you can see purple, blue, green, yellow, magenta, orange, and red.  This creates a very interesting visual illusion. I chose this method because these dogs do not have solid colors.  Instead, their fur has an agouti, or ticked, appearance.  The grey areas of the dogs are actually made up of hairs that have small black and white bands that give the appearance of grey from a distance.

Comparing the painting with the photo

Comparing the painting with the photo

Here you can see a comparison view of the painting vs the reference photo. This painting is actually rather atypical for me, since I rarely use the reference photo exactly as it is. I usually do a composite of multiple photos, even for a single portrait. By compositing, I mean maybe I will use one photo reference for the overall position, but a different one for the eyes and yet another one for the markings. Most of the pictures I get to use as my references for pet portraits are cell phone shots, and they tend to be a bit out of focus, too dark, too small, taken from too far away and there is loss of detail, lots of compression artifacts, or maybe some bit got cut off. So I tend to pick one that I like best for the main reference and use the others to fill in the details. This is fine, expected, and part of the process of being a pet portrait artist. This photo was exceptional and perfect, and I didn’t feel like there needed to be any changes made.

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Pug

Vibrant Rainbow Pug Dog Portrait

My newest painting, titled Comic Relief – Colorful Pug Dog,  was completed on December 2, 2018.  This is the 12th painting in the Colorful Dog Portraits series.  This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall.  This is a portrait of a pug created with vibrant  rainbow colors.

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Boston Terrier

New Painting – Colorful Boston Terrier

My newest painting, titled Effervescent – Boston Terrier Dog,  was completed on November 23, 2018.  This is the 11th painting in the Colorful Dog Portraits series.  This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall.  This is a portrait of a Boston Terrier dog created with vibrant colors. The Boston Terrier is a non-sporting or companion breed that originated in the United States of America. Ancestors of the breed include various bulldog and terrier types, including the similar French Bulldog. They have a tuxedo coloration that is either black and white, seal and white, or brindle and white. They are typically friendly and gentle natured dogs.

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Colorful Brindle Boxer

Colorful Dog Painting – Brindle Boxer

My newest painting, titled Devoted Guardian – Brindle Boxer Dog,  was completed on November 16, 2018.  This is the 10th painting in the Colorful Dog Portraits series.  This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall.  This is a portrait of a brindle boxer dog created with vibrant colors. The photo reference is from Pixabay.

The Boxer was developed in Germany as a working dog. They were bred from the now extinct Bullenbeisser (a mastiff-type dog) and the Old English bulldog. They were popular as a military, guard, and pack dog, and became a very popular companion breed. Their short dense coat comes in a variety of colors, with fawn and brindle being the most commonly seen.

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Corgi

Colorful Pembroke Welsh Corgi Acrylic Painting

My newest painting, titled Mischief Maker – Pembroke Welsh Corgi Dog,  was completed on October 31, 2018.  This is the 9th painting in the Colorful Dog Portraits series.  This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall.  This is a portrait of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi painted with bright vibrant colors. Photo reference courtesy of Bill Muck from the Artist Reference Photos group on Facebook.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a cattle herding dog that originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is one of two corgi breeds, the other being the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The main difference in the breeds is that the Pembroke has no tail and the Cardigan has a tail. They are the smallest dogs in the herding group, and are famous as Queen Elizabeth’s dogs.

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Border Collie

Colorful Border Collie Acrylic Painting

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.

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Colorful Chihuahua

Colorful Chihuahua Dog Acrylic Painting

My newest painting, titled Small and Sassy – Colorful Chihuahua Dog,  was completed a few days ago and is now for sale in my online stores.  This is the 7th painting in the Colorful Dog Portraits series.  Sable colored dogs have a base coat of reddish-brown hairs tipped in black. This sable chihuahua is also a tricolor because it has white fur on its face and chest. The brownish areas of the dog were painted with bright warm colors, such as red, orange, yellow and magenta, while the black and white areas are represented with cool colors (purple, blue, and green). This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall.

Photo reference from Pixabay. The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. They were named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The breed is ancient, and is believed to have existed for over 2000 years. Modern chihuahuas have less than two percent of their ancestral genetics, due to interbreeding with European dogs since the settlers arrived. However, their form has remained much the same. They come in short haired and long haired varieties, with dozens of coat colors and patterns. They also come in “deer-head” and “apple-head” types, with the apple-head type having more rounded heads and shorter legs than the deer-headed types.

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Golden Retriever

Colorful Golden Retriever Painting Art Prints and More

My latest acrylic painting, titled Faithful Friend – Colorful Golden Retriever, is now available for purchase as a fine art print and more in my online stores.  This is the 6th painting in the Colorful Dog Portraits series, and was completed in September 2018.  It depicts a portrait of a Golden Retriever dog painted with vibrant colors. This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall. Photo reference from Pixabay.

Golden retrievers are among the most popular dog breeds. Originally bred as gun dogs, this friendly and intelligent breed also serve as guide dogs, assistance and therapy, search and rescue, as well as popular pets. Their long fur is dense and water repellent, and comes in a whole range of yellow colors, from very pale yellow to dark golden, and can even have a reddish mahogany tint to their fur. Golden retrievers originated in Scotland in the 19th century. There are three subtypes of Golden: American, Canadian, and British. They differ in appearance, with the British type being more stocky than the American type. The Canadian type tends to have darker and thinner hair.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Painting

My latest acrylic painting, the Autumn Delight – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is now available for purchase as a fine art print and more in my online stores.  This is the fifth painting in the Colorful Dog Portraits series, and was completed in September 2018.  It depicts a portrait of a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog with an abstract colorful background.  The chestnut color of this dog is depicted with vibrant warm colors, and the shadows of the fur in the white areas with blue and purple.  This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall. The photo reference for this painting came from Pixabay.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a popular small breed in the Toy group of dog breeds. They are friendly and affectionate, and require a lot of attention. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel diverged from the similar King Charles Spaniel in the 1920s during an attempt to recreate the original breed.

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Pitbull Framed Print

Colorful Pitbull Dog Painting Available as Art Print

My latest acrylic painting, the Peppy Purple Pitbull Terrier Dog, is now available for purchase as a fine art print and more in my online stores.  This painting was completed in September 2018.  The subject is a portrait of a blue-nose American Pitbull Terrier, also known as an American Staffordshire Terrier.  The dog’s grey coloration was depicted with a range of blue and purple colors, with an abstract colorful background.     This painting was created with acrylic paints on board, and measures 11″ wide by 14″ tall.

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