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.
Pet portrait commission of Frankie in watercolor on 10 x 8 inches on watercolor block. Pet portrait commissions are available in my Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/PaintingsbyMarlene
I had just finished a commission of five Labradors. They were painted on stretched canvas in oils. And upon the client requests, they were also framed with black floater frames.
Just finished up two dog portraits in oils for one client.
Begins with many photos provided by the client. I choose one photo, make a pencil sketch, then an underpainting to establish values and the painting. Each step I show the client.
These paintings are small 8 x 6 inches and done on stretched canvas for easy hanging.
This is Lexi, the dog who would not stand still for a photo. In this painting I worked more on soften the edges to give it a more softer look. The background is different from how I treated other dog portraits. I wanted a more neutral color so that Lexi would stand out.
Walt is another commission from the owner of Roy in the previous blog. Again I worked from photographs.
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Another dog portrait commission.
A commissioned oil painting of a little chihuahua named Dinky. What strike me of this little fellow is his alertness and compact body. He’s ready to spring into action.
Below is a step by step of how I paint this portrait. This process had turned out more successful for me to follow for future commissions. And this had come out of a workshop that I had taken from Sarah Sedwick. Here’s one of her videos about her step-by-step alla prima oil painting.
I started off with a thumbnail sketch to established where I wanted to place Dinky. It should be simple enough but it was a great warm-up. Then I did a pencil block in on paper of shadow/dark and light shapes. Using the pencil drawing as a base I gridded it and laid in with transparent red oxide on the canvas. Then in the fourth stage I laid in the basic shapes and local colors. The final stages comprise of adding more concise colors and background. The eyes and the area around them were the anchor for everything else. More details were devoted there.
This one I felt was one of my best. More info on commissions click to go to my Etsy