View Full Version : Australian Kelpie.

08-06-2013, 05:18 AM
Tough as nails,the Australian Kelpie is bred for droving livestock vast distances in the harsh conditions of the Australian outback. It is well known for its habit of running across the backs of a mob of sheep to reach the other side.

Rembrandts on Canson MT. 30cm x 40cm.


08-06-2013, 07:23 AM
What a great dog and what a brilliant artwork! Have you used pastel pencils too?

water girl
08-06-2013, 11:46 AM
Your dog portraits are amazing. This is no exception. You can tell he is listening to a command.

08-06-2013, 02:13 PM

Terry Wynn
08-06-2013, 03:57 PM
Another beauty. Now the real problem would occur if I saw many of your works together and had to pick my favorite. Each new one is my favorite! Beautifully rendered.


08-06-2013, 08:36 PM
Thank you Himawara. No, I don't use pastel pencils, all the fine detail is done with the ends of the sticks. (apart from my signature)

Thank you Karen, I think you are right, he certainly looks focussed doesn't he?

Thank you Jim, I'm glad you like it.

Thanks a lot Terry!

08-06-2013, 10:45 PM
Outstanding. I am amazed at your detail with pastels. Often when I go to make a fine mark I miss the exact spot because either my fingers or the pastel are blocking my view. I hope with practice I can improve. I saw a YouTube video someone on WC mentioned and the artist sharpened nupastels to fine points. I cannot bring myself to do that. Pam

08-07-2013, 01:01 AM
Re: Kelpie
Interesting, I am fairly familiar with kelpies, but have never seen one with white markings like what is depicted before. As they are descendent from dingo's, the markings are usually yellow and various shades of red brown. I almost did not recognize it as a kelpie. Nice technique though.

08-07-2013, 03:27 AM
Looks all Kelpie to me - no mistaking that intelligent gleam in the eyes :) Another stunning dog portrait :)


08-07-2013, 04:26 AM
Though I'm not a fan of pet portraits I must admit that yours are really outstanding ! Great job.

08-07-2013, 07:52 AM
always enjoying your paintings very much!

08-07-2013, 09:26 AM
"Often when I go to make a fine mark I miss the exact spot because either my fingers or the pastel are blocking my view."
So do I Pam! Luckily pastels are easily corrected. Sometimes I break a pastel to get a sharp edge but no way am I going to sharpen them...

Thank you Terence. I think they come in quite a wide range of colours. They aren't show dogs and the drovers don't care what colour they are so long as they do the job. I've certainly painted Kelpies with this colouration before.

Thank you Nicole, they certainly are smart!

Thank you Mado.

Thanks Irmaleo. I'm pleased you enjoy them!

08-07-2013, 07:44 PM
Lovely! Looks like a kelpie to me!

08-08-2013, 02:55 AM
Thank you Donna.

08-08-2013, 05:41 AM
Excellent work !

08-09-2013, 04:23 AM
That dog certainly has a presence; lovely work as usual!

08-09-2013, 09:44 AM
Thank you Toniov.

Thanks Theodora, I think they need presence to establish their authority over the sheep.

08-13-2013, 07:22 AM
Beautifully painted, such a focused expression captured perfectly.

08-13-2013, 12:58 PM
Great dog portrait. Wonderful expression, calm and interested. Beautiful eyes. You make this dog very sympathetic and I'm not even into dogs, especially large dogs that might chase cats. But you made this one look lovable and that's excellent.

08-16-2013, 04:35 PM
really nice. I agree with all Robert has said, and then some. I had a kelpie--and she was great with cattle, very intense, cunning, quick, responsive and could be brutle as well----and such a loving little dog. Her name was LD---short for little dog!

She was mostly black, some white on her chest, and red points on face, feet, belly and so on--much like this one. I do miss her, so brave, quick, and tuff.

Good work on this painting--it has feeling, intenseness, and also shows what a good support Canson papers can be. thanks for the post.