Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Dog Star... a portrait of a chocolate labrador

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'Koko' - acrylic paint on canvas 24cm x 30cm

So, remember my pet portrait giveaway to raise funds for the Scottish SPCA? Well, this is the winner’s portrait. This is Koko, a much loved Chocolate Labrador who sadly crossed the rainbow bridge a few years ago.

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I had initially planned to do his portrait on the small square box canvas that I often use but the angle of his head in the reference photo didn't really work on a square canvas, so his ears would’ve had to wrap around the sides which I didn’t want to do (or I'd have have to make him really, really tiny which I also didn't want to do.)  




As I was deliberating on how best to paint him, I spotted a larger rectangular canvas that I’d painted a starry night sky onto which I had planned to use for a landscape painting, sitting on one of my easels. It gave me an idea….what if I painted Koko with the starry sky behind him? He was looking up in the photo and I thought it could look really sweet, as if he was looking up at the stars.


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I used all my favourite vibrant colours, which you can see in the close up photos, and I have to say I really, really enjoyed painting this and now I definitely want to paint one of our Springer Spaniel, Skye, in the same style.

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A painting selfie for size context!

I'm delighted that Gillian, Koko's person, has told me that she loves the portrait and the starry sky idea - she even came up with the title for this post and loved that it looked like he was looking up to heaven.

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In other news the Society of all Artists are attempting to break a world record and I'm taking part, but that's a whole other post which I'll do later in the week!  I'll be linking up, as always, with all the other creatives at Paint Party Friday and will look forward to a feast for the eyes then. 

14 comments:

  1. Your animal portraits are always so wonderful, but this one truly is amazing.

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  2. Your portrait of the dog is fantastic, and the starry sky background is just right, love it. Well done on another fantastic portrait. Have a great PPF tomorrow! Hugs, Valerie

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  3. Wow is all I can say. Just beautiful.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. I would love to give him a hug! What an amazing painting !
    Happy PPF Nic!
    oxo
    Susi

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  5. Nic that is o beautiful and I loved seeing the photo with you holding it as well... they will be so thrilled to receive it and it will be so treasured... and those details... you are amazing at fur and at capturing their expressions...xx

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  6. Oh. My. Goodness. Your use of warm and cool colors is just incredible. Your work is amazing. This painting fills my eyes to the brim. What a beautiful gift. I loved seeing the original photo you used as a reference. Wonderful!

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  7. He is adorable! You captured his spirit so beautully and I love how he seems to be looking out from the stars. Beautiful work!

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  8. Oh I thought you and the painting were stunning on instagram...but it's even more beautiful on your blog...the closeup are fantastic. You are so amazing at animal portraits!! So inspirational!! Such a sweet face....glad t was loved!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  9. What a wonderful portrait you have done of Koko. Love all the different purply pinks.
    Happy PPF

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  10. Gorgeous portrait, you've really mastered those starry skies perfectly, and it goes so well with this. Love you incorporated all the sky colours into his fur as well.

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  11. I LOVE this! Probably my favorite pet portrait so far... The colours in his fur are beautiful! This is so unique! :0)

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  13. Pet portrait Paintings from photos hanging on your wall in the home gives you a real sense of warmth; our artists are always ready to create your Dog Portrait Painting from your pet photos.

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