Dog Portraits Commissions

Touille, oil on 8 x 10 stretched canvas, by Marlene Lee
Wiley, oil on 8 x 10 stretched canvas, by Marlene Lee

More Commissioned Portraits

Another portrait commission of siblings. Graphite and white charcoal on Strathmore tan paper. The challenge here was not to overdo it with the white charcoal. Just enough for highlights.



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Portrait Drawings Commissions

I had been busy with portrait drawings commissions lately. Most of the commissions came from the St. James Holiday Bazaar Annual Sales. Exposure is good!

These portraits were done with graphite and white charcoal on Strathmore Grey Toned Paper. They are sized 10 x 8 inches. Several photos were provided by the client with specific ones to based the drawings from.

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My massage therapist house her room in a chiropractor’s office. She had allowed me to display some of my works in her room.  Recently I brought in some dog portraits paintings that I had done – 10 x 10 on gallery wrapped canvases. The whole office flocked over to look. Before I knew it I got commissions – two from the receptionist and one from the chiropractor.

Below is the chiropractor’s dog, Marla.

I went to the chiropractor’s farm to take photos of his dog. He was unable to provide a good photo. So trying to get a dog to pose is a bit challenging. Her master tried holding a bone in front of her and naturally she licked her chops. Our aim was to have nice lighting and her mouth close…but gave up. She wanted that bone. 🙂

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“Marla” 10 x 10 x 1 1/2 inches, oil
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“Marla” work-in-progress

A Process of a Painting of Gwapo

This was a commissioned 8 x 10 inch painting of Gwapo, a water-loving dog. With each step featured here, I emailed the owner of the progress.

It begins with a photo provided by Gwapo’s owner, their German Shepherd mix. Gwapo loves the water and this is a favorite picture of him in the water.

Gwapo in water

I wanted the focus to be around his eyes. So his eyes are positioned in the upper third of the canvas and a third from the viewer’s left side. It’s a loose interpretation of where the golden mean is.


Shadow patterns are established. The background colors are put in lightly.


Areas in the light on Gwapo are more accurately painted in.


From this point I start refining the details of Gwapo’s fur. The color around the nose was off when I put in the nose color. So I had to make readjustment there with values of the nose and the surrounding area.


More color and more paint. And more detailed work around the ears and eyes.

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When I’m somewhere satisfy with Gwapo, I began working more details in the water. Paying close attention to the circular pattern of the water, I had to redraw the ripples to line up correctly.


Completed painting of Gwapo.

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(I may have to replaced this photo. It came out too light.)

Dog Portraits Exhibit

My dogs portraits of various dogs that I met while walking my dog Kava is now exhibiting at the Avid Reader during the month of April. These are all sized at 10 x 10 x 1 3/8 inches oil on gallery wrapped canvas. Each one of these except for Kava (my dog) are available for purchase at my DailyPaintworks store or for commission go to my Etsy shop. The price is $175 for either the painting or commission.