View Full Version : Toby...Tibetan Spaniel Portrait

12-05-2007, 12:25 AM
This is the second Tibetan Spaniel I've done...they are very interesting little dogs. 11" x 14" on Canson with NuPastel, Terry Ludwig's and some Great American's along with some mystery pieces that snuck their way into my palette.
C&C welcome!


12-05-2007, 01:08 AM

This is wonderful! I love how you were able to meld the background into the dog. You've given it a wispy flair. Wow, I am in awe.

Best of show for all breeds! This dog brings home the trophy!!!


12-05-2007, 02:46 AM
Mike, this portrait reminds me of my old dog! Thanks so much for the memories :). What a great portrait.

I'm trying to get back into pastels and noticed that you use Canson - which side do you prefer for pastels? The smoother or rougher side? I can't see any obvious texture in this piece - I wanted to ask to make sure though.


12-05-2007, 04:15 AM
I just adore you work Mike, so loose but so excellent!!!!! wish I could loosen up a bit :D


Mary Brigid
12-05-2007, 04:20 AM
adorable dog Mike. I love the way you do backgrounds.
Mary Brigid

12-05-2007, 07:09 AM
Your style is great Mike. This is a lovely portrait and the colours blend nicely.

12-05-2007, 07:34 AM
Adorable dog, Mike! Love what you accomplish on Canson, this is beautiful and loose. Perfect background, too.


Andi Rebirth
12-05-2007, 08:06 AM
All your work is so lovely. I am trying to do pastel portraits and spent some time on your site. Thank you for showing the possibilites of pastel. Not since Dega have I seen such great work, a sincere compliment.
You are truly talented. Andi

12-05-2007, 08:22 AM
Gorgeous Job on this Mike!:thumbsup:

David Patterson
12-05-2007, 08:32 AM
Wonderful work Mike...just love your style!!


12-05-2007, 11:22 AM
A MacDreamy dog, wow! (MacDreamy, ref to tv series) It has a nebulous quality, it is emerging out of the background in such a wonderful way, an almost supernatural feel to it. (Have you ever thought of making religious paintings?) Awed, as I usually am over your paintings. Thank you for showing this beauty.

12-05-2007, 12:59 PM
Wow, Mike! This is wonderful. I love how you have melded the subject and the background. And the dog's expression is just perfect.

12-05-2007, 01:04 PM

Rose Baggs
12-05-2007, 02:07 PM
Amazing work!!! :)

bruce johnson
12-05-2007, 04:29 PM
Brilliant work Mike ... this painting has all the properties of a fine piece of art work.. lost and found edges, perfect values, colour harmony, and a precise centre of focus.. I love it..:clap: :clap:

Tracy Lang
12-05-2007, 06:20 PM

This is such a beautiful painting...I love everything about it, but what captures me the most is his sweet expression and moist eyes.


nana b
12-05-2007, 07:14 PM
Mike, I really adore your painting of Toby! He looks a lot like our puppy, Gizmo, but she is a Pek-A-Pom.


12-05-2007, 08:52 PM
Mike, love the painterly style and looseness of this painting. He looks so soft and the background colors blend so nicely.


12-05-2007, 11:06 PM
where do you start with a painting like this and how do you know the perfect colours to use? Thank you for showing your inspiring paintings,

12-06-2007, 12:28 AM
Thanks for looking and all the great comments...I appreciate it! Mike

alaskan rose
12-06-2007, 01:39 AM
This is just great, Mike, your style, the mood, just wonderful!

cal studio
12-13-2007, 08:44 PM
I missed this - I do not know how. This is fabulous. The focus stays on the very sweet face of this little dog. Your skill amazes me!!!


12-14-2007, 09:07 AM
Cathleen & Margie..Thanks!!

12-14-2007, 09:36 AM
MIKE, I MISSED THIS ONE TOO! this is gorgeous!! you are one of my favorite artists here,,,,keep them coming!! love the background and the way it is painted!!!

WC Lee
12-14-2007, 08:46 PM
beautiful piece .. soooo cute ..

12-15-2007, 07:10 AM
I marvel at how 'painterly' - just wonderful!

12-16-2007, 02:27 PM
Such a stunning painting. I love the colors and the blended look, yet you have defined the dog along with his personality. You have done a magnificent job.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

12-17-2007, 12:52 AM
Thanks everyone...how can you go wrong painting a dog!

Alessandra Rosi
12-17-2007, 02:48 AM
Mike your unmistakable style is showing off!! It's wonderful and very painterly!

12-17-2007, 08:43 AM
Mike, please share your technique on that amazing background.

Selahs art
12-17-2007, 08:47 AM
Such a stunning painting. I love the colors and the blended look, yet you have defined the dog along with his personality. You have done a magnificent job.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

cant say it better.


water girl
12-17-2007, 12:03 PM
Mike, this is absolutely stunning!:)

Merethe T
12-17-2007, 05:18 PM
Ooooh, a stunning piece of work - look at those gorgeous colors!!! Brilliant!