Doolin Pet Commission

Another commissioned finished!

Doolin, oil 8 x 6 x 3/4 inches on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

Since I had painted his ears off to the sides the 3D effect was quite noticeable. I have to say I do like this effect.

Some preliminary studies. I find doing a pencil drawing and a transparent red oxide underpainting helps me to get into the mood of painting a commission.


This was my photo reference. Nice, clear photo with some lighting off to the side is a perfect photo for commissions.

Doolin_Kelly photo



Commissioned painting of Beatriz

Beatriz, 8 x 6 x 3/4 inches oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee


Another finished commission. A bit challenging. The photo reference was not to accurate with the color. Thank goodness for other photo references provided by the client to help determine the proper color.

Nugget 2020
Nugget, 8 x 6 x 3/4 inches oil on canvas by Marlene Lee


Just finished a commission. Was a bit of a challenge especially trying to figure out the background. I started with a cool blue, ultramarine blue. But the blue came across to cold. The pink around her eyes gave me the idea to paint the background a soft blue-green color. Perfect colors.

Maggie 2019
Maggie, oil on canvas panel, 7 x 5 inches by Marlene Lee

Two Dog Portraits, 2020

These are two dogs that I had already done for their owners but in different postures. They will be part of the upcoming International House Exhibit in March.

Tara Profile 8x8x3.4 oils 20200114
Tara’s Profile, 8 x 8 x 3/4 inches, oil on canvas
Gus 8x8x3.4 oils 20200114
Gus, 8 x 8 x 3/4 inches, oil on canvas

2019 Review

This has been an amazing year for pet portraits especially dog oil portraits. I have gotten commissions as far away as Dubai, Germany and Finland as well as local and around the US. It has been a pleasure to work such great clients. Most of the clients contacted me through my Etsy store, PaintingsbyMarlene.