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Friday, July 13, 2018

A BIRTHDAY PRESENT - ROY'S PORTRAIT

Meet Roy. He is the much-loved dog of a friend of a friend. Rhonda wanted to give Roy's owner  a portrait for his birthday,  as he had helped Rhonda enormously, helping her train and rehabilitate her  rescued Boerboel [South African mastiff - much too large a dog to leave untrained]. So I get riding lessons from Rhonda and she gets a painting - great arrangement!

This is one of the photos I was given as reference - not my favourite. To me, it looks more like a pit bull than a shepherd.

But I gave it a try - still didn't like it.

The photo resolution here is bad, but Roy's face is alive, looking back adoringly at his owner.

So we're off ...





Starting to look like a dog here ...


Now this I like! He has animation, great expression ...  and most importantly,  Roy's owner loves it.
Throughout the painting, I use my favourite animal colours - quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone, as well as some permanent rose. And as much as I can, I paint wet in wet.

Thank you for visiting!

8 comments:

  1. I love it, phenomenal work!

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  2. Roy's portrait is beautiful and it will look gorgeous hanging on Roy's owner's wall!

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  3. The expression of this dog's face is priceless, and you captured it so well! What a wonderful present for his owner.

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  4. Love the two paintings, Kathryn. The tilted pose is awesome....it is definitely full of expression and his personality is coming out! Lol.

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  5. Ah Kathryn - you certainly captured this dog's happy expression. I am sure his owner was more than pleased. Hope you are having a great weekend. Hugs!

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  6. Nice job with Roy's painting :) he looks like he is a Malinois, nice really smart dogs :)

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  7. Well done and a good choice on poses :) I'd never heard of that type of dog but he looks fierce!! I can imagine he needs good training to keep in hand - and you get lessons in return! A great deal for all.

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  8. You've transformed the 'ugly' into the 'adorable' without losing the likeness, clever and, I expect, pleasing the owner immensely. Well done!

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