Pets Portraits commissions

Recently finished two pets portraits commissions.

“Bambi” is one of the smallest pet portraits that I do. Only 4 x 4 inches.

Dog Portraits

Two beautiful dogs. Such soulful eyes. The portrait of Stanley was in memory of. The client who hired me to do the portrait for Stanley’s owners, said that “They think you captured their beloved dog perfectly. They immediately hung it on the wall, and shed a few tears remembering dear old Stan.”

Cassie is a Boston Terrier. Such a fun dog to paint.

Cassie, 10 x 8 inches watercolor on art board

Pet portraits commission can be requested by emailing

Six Cat portraits

All six cats were commissioned by their owner. Watercolor pet portraits on 8 x 10 inches Canson art boards. Each cat obviously have their own personality and pose. The eyes, though, are the focus for each portrait.

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A delightful little chihuahua mixed. The little smile is a killer.

Dabs, watercolor on 10 x 8 artboard by Marlene Lee
Dabs, graphite on 12 x 9 inches paper by Marlene Lee

I often find the doing a pencil drawing first helps me to get into the “mood”.


Turk, oil on canvas panel, 9 x 12 inches by Marlene Lee

This is Turk. He is a dachshund and just loves the water.

Interested in a portrait of your pet? Commissions can be requested in my Etsy shop, Paintings by Marlene. I can do portraits in either watercolor or oils. I usually take about a month to finish up an oil portrait. Maybe two weeks for watercolor.


Calvin, 10 x 8 inches on watercolor art board
First stage, the first layer of paint

When I start on a pet portrait in watercolor, I like to begin with a complete pencil drawing. This helps me to see more of the cat’s features and to understand the planes of its face and more importantly the values shifts across the head. Once completed I may use the drawing as a basis for the watercolor. I would xerox and enlarged to fit into the 8 x 10 format for a watercolor pet portrait. And then pencil trace the image onto the watercolor art board. From there it’s all about color.

Interested in a watercolor portrait of your pet. Click here to visit my Etsy shop for samples.

California Landscape Commission

Recently I had received a commission to paint a landscape on stretched canvas. The client wanted to reuse a giclee on canvas that she had purchased. It was large – 3′ x 4′ gallery wrapped canvas. My paintings are usually small from 9 x 12 inches maybe up to 11 x 14. But I saw it as a challenge and went for it. And I had to say I love the process.

California Landscape, 3 x 4 feet on up cycled stretched canvas by Marlene Lee