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04-16-2017, 08:52 PM
As a surprise, I decided to paint a portrait of my friends 4 rescue dogs for her retirement. The photo references I used were all shots of the individual dogs from her Facebook page and after doing the initial sketches of the dogs I couldn't quite figure out how it would work as a group painting. I then realized I could trace the shapes of the dogs using tracing paper and cut them out. Then I could move them about and take a photo of each composition til I found one that worked best.
This was the one I chose:

And here's the final painting. It's 16"x 20" Acrylic on canvas.

04-17-2017, 12:08 PM
This group dog pet portrait is fabulous, Jonnio, and I'm sure your friend will treasure it forever.

04-17-2017, 12:20 PM
What a thoughtful gift. I'm sure she'll love it.

Very good compostion. There really is no other way to have the white dog with the one erect ear placed, that ear would be an arrow pointing out of the painting elsewhere. It's an adorable little quartet.

04-17-2017, 06:59 PM
Thank You Very Much Kay and Phranque!

04-18-2017, 04:55 AM
What a lovely thoughtful idea! the way you've arranged them works really well, and I love the ears of the lower white dog. They're all so different as well, it makes for an interesting picture and one I'm sure your friend will love. :)

04-18-2017, 08:25 PM
Thank You Triduana! It was a fun project :)

04-19-2017, 02:41 AM
Nice one

chammi kaiser
04-19-2017, 08:18 AM
Very nice Jonnio. You have captured all the different characters well. What a charming gift for your friend whom I am sure will be totally delighted.

04-19-2017, 03:18 PM
Nicely done

04-19-2017, 08:32 PM
Thank You Pam, Chammi, and fedetony!

04-22-2017, 02:05 AM
Very nice , the composition works well

04-22-2017, 09:27 AM
What a sweet and generous gift and what lucky dogs to have found your friend!

04-22-2017, 04:24 PM
Thank You Skappy!

04-22-2017, 04:38 PM
You did a great job of arranging them!

Several years ago someone asked me to do a painting of their three rescue cats from poor quality photos. I finally got a drawing that I felt was very balanced and when I showed it to him he said that wouldn't work because they didn't get along at all and should not be touching each other in the painting. So I ended up doing a three window mat in a rectangular frame to be sure they each had their own personal space :-)


04-23-2017, 07:36 AM
Thank you Jan!
It was easier to do this portrait, even with poor references, because I've met the them. Knowing the personality of a dog really helps me because if something in the photo is not distinct I can usually work it out by my feelings about them and how I want them to look. I have a much harder time getting that connection from just a photo.

04-26-2017, 01:15 AM
Nice work!

04-26-2017, 05:38 AM
Thank You jonc50!