Saturday, March 20, 2010

Darling and Debonair Dog portrait

I was delighted when a friend asked me to paint his daughter's dear dog as a gift for her.

This was fun because he gave me free rein on how to approach the portrait. He's tiny but I could tell he was a character.

I'll give you one guess as to what his name is.






9x9 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

36 comments:

-Don said...

Cute! I'm no good at guessing games, but here goes... Dior?

-Don

Kaylyn said...

uhhhhh. Sam?

Dean H. said...

Yep, that look in his eye says he's a character.
Cool how you worked the name in!

dominique eichi said...

What good taste they have. It's a beautiful portrait Sheila. Love it.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

They should be thrilled with the portrait! It is wonderful. Love the blue background and of course how you have the name :-)

Tonya Vollertsen said...

What a great little model and I can certainly see that you had such fun painting little Dior! Great job, I can't imagine who wouldn't love this painting.

Angela Elledge said...

This is a cutie pie, love that wild unmanageable hair-do and you painted it beautifully. Well done, Sheila!

Gwen Bell said...

Such a dear little dog! Most little dogs more than live up to their very large egos. Have a feeling this may be true of little Dior. Wonderfully expressive, Shelia. I know his owners are thrilled!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This one is a cuteie.
What a great name for a dog. When we think that we heard them all.

Celeste Bergin said...

Is this posthumous? I note that you used past tense for him? Well, he is/was very cute and your treatment for him is charming.

AutumnLeaves said...

Sheila! This is gorgeous! I love the background and the addition of Dior's name. There is something charming about having a designer name, yes? You never cease to amaze me with your talents. (Can you package some up and send it on to me?)

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Sheila, Perfect, perfect, perfect!!! Love it.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

These little guys often have that nervous energy, and lots of it. I think you have capture Dior's essence! I love his expression...ready to get into something new. They will certainly love this!

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, another great pet portrait. When I first saw it, I thought oh, a stylish dog who admires good fashion. Very cute name!

I like the painting of the two teens at the St. Paddy's Parade. You asked about your blue line -- it's a winner in my opinion!

martinealison said...

Very great to integrate its name in its portrait...
j'aime ce regard fripon à travers cette touffe de poils que tu as su parfaitement faire jaillir. bravo!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

This is adorable!!! You absolutely captured his jaunty personality! And I love the background!

billspaintingmn said...

This little guy has character indeed!
Fun! She's going to love it! Colorful and I don't think there's any timidity in it!
(new word I learned over at Celestes, I'll be useing it from time to time!)
Sheila, your animal portraits are wonderful!
Dior? : )

Kathy said...

Oh, how sweet! She'll love it.

Krista Hasson said...

I love him! You have such a way with capturing animals.

Julie Hill said...

How cute Sheila...such the designer dog huh?

P.S. Thanks so much for your lovely words on my latest posting...really appreciate it!

Natasha said...

This is really, really, good.

Gary Heller said...

I had called upon none other than Sheila to paint a portrait of my daughters dog, Dior for her upcoming birthday. It will also be close to Diors first birthday as well.
Needless to say, I'm more than happy with it. Sheila exceeded my already high expectations of what she could come up with from a few lousy photos we had of him.
She captured him perfectly, and the name above looks like a celebration of his tremendous character! Could not help but to show the prrof to my daughter, christina, and she was absolutely amazed. She's very excited about the painting
Sheila, thanks so much. Your awesome.

Jo Castillo said...

The doggie does look like a character. Nice work, Sheila!

Art with Liz said...

So special Sheila - he's gorgeous. Love the way you included the name!

sam said...

Hehe nice painting Sheila, I like the name too)

Rishi Kapil said...

This is a lovely painting.The cat is too good

James Parker said...

His expression is priceless..you did a wonderful job, Sheila

suzanneberry said...

This is sooo cute and so well painted!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Great work Sheila! Love it. Certainly this will become a treasured item by the dog owner.

Lori Bonanni said...

I love the way you incorporated the dog's name - definitely an eye catcher - great job!

Edward Burton said...

What a cutie! Very well done, Sheila.

Dean Grey said...

This is ADORABLE, Sheila!

Just too cute!

Great rendering of a sweet little pooch!

-Dean

Hellenne said...

OMG, you captured this dog's personality just right! My niece has one with the exact same expression most of the time. Is the name "Christian"...? Or Jean Paul? jOr "Bling" or "Kim."

Judy Mackey said...

cute, cute, cute! I'll bet the painting is bigger than the little guy!

artgallery said...

Way cool Sheila. My grand daughter got one of these little things several months ago and is now in business of housebreaking and trying to go to school too. I can never tell where his eyes are.

L.Holm said...

Sooo cute! A very fashionable pooch.