How I create a portrait

Preliminary photos

I took lots of photos of Frank and Ava. The owners liked this one of Ava.

I took several photos of Ava and Frank

Their owners chose their favorite photos

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I used Ava from the left photo and Frank from this one

Detail of Ava

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Ava is an adorable and feisty little Westie

Detail of Frank

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Frank is a sweet, gentle soul

The final painting

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The painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas that is painted around the deep  edges and hangs like a shallow box with no frame

Pet Portrait ideas

Oil portrait of labs

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This is a group portrait of my labs done in oil on board from a photograph of the three of them. Pet portraits can be done in any medium. All I need is good quality reference photographs to create my animal paintings 


Group portraits in oil

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Sometimes I work from several photos and put them together in the painting. Portrait prices range from $200 -$1000 depending on medium and size and number of animals

Colored pencil drawing

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This little Frenchie was done in colored pencil from a photograph supplied by the buyer. She was giving it as a present. Colored pencil portraits are usually smaller and take less time than an oil or watercolor painting.

Watercolor from photos

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This lab was painted in watercolor from several photos. The lab was combined with a photo of the marshes of the Westport River. An animal can easily be combined with a background. Watercolor portraits start at $350 and are usually at least 10 x 12

Watercolor of a Kitty

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Kitties can be done in any medium as well. This is a watercolor of Oliver on his favorite pillow in his window seat. 

Let's design a portrait!

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This Rottie has a couple of little pencil sketches beneath the watercolor. Go to the home page to email me or betseymacdonald@gmail.com. We can work together to design exactly what you're hoping for in a portrait of your favorite animal.