Charly and Jinga

Just finished up two dog portraits in oils for one client.

Begins with many photos provided by the client. I choose one photo, make a pencil sketch, then an underpainting to establish values and the painting. Each step I show the client.

These paintings are small 8 x 6 inches and done on stretched canvas for easy hanging.

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“Charly” oil on stretched canvas, 6 x 8 x 3/4 inches by Marlene Lee



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“Jinja” oil on stretched canvas, 6 x 8 x 3/4 inches by Marlene Lee


A corgie that I ran into while walking my dog. Delicious looking little thing. Her owner explained that her dog is named after an Italian dessert.

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Tiramisu, 10 x 10 x 1 3/4 inches, oil on stretched canvas


Topher, oil on stretched canvas, 10 x 10 inches

My cousin’s dog. This is the second time that I had painted Topher. After 6 years of painting consistently in oils, I do like the quality in this one.


This is Dozer. My sister had flown from out of state and handed me this photo of my nephew’s new dog to paint.



Before I painted, I wrote about the photo of the dog, what I saw in the photo; what was appealing – the dog’s expression, his sad look, his expressive eyes, his huge head compared to his small body.

Then I painted. I was surprised how easy it came. I think I had captured him.

8 x 10 inches, oil
8 x 10 inches, oil

There was a Youtube interview by How to Sell Art Online that I watched which inspired me to write. The interview was with Lisa Call. She teaches art workshop where the participants are encouraged to write and write and write.

So I followed this lead. I don’t write usually but I found that writing does bring out thoughts and “concrete” them on paper. Though this is my first I planned to put writing a part of the process of painting.