Canine portrait: Stewart, Teddy, Samson & Delilah
This was a difficult portrait to do as I was sent photos of each dog, separately, so I didn’t get a feel for their relative sizes. Also the photos were taken at angles producing some distortion. Others were just slightly out of focus. However, after I was given the weight of each dog, I managed to work out how they should all look together. Using charcoal on a 12×16″ canvas panel, I sketched the composition and emailed a copy to my friends (they were commissioning this canine portrait as a surprise gift for their Mother/Mother-in-Law, owner of the four dogs). They said it was fine, including the expressions on the dogs’ faces. I went ahead and completed the painting, emailing them again with the final result. They were delighted, and said I had managed to capture the character of each dog perfectly – a joy both to them and to me!
This canine portrait was, in fact, a Christmas present and it seems the owner of the dogs had tears in her eyes when she received it – tears of joy! A few months later Stewart, the eldest (lying down) passed away at the ripe old age of 14, but his memory lives on in this canine portrait.
Acrylic on canvas panel