Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Miniature Schnauzer Painting

Here's yet another white dog that isn't really white (see my post Dueling White Dogs for two more examples). I love the composition on this portrait - the way Gonzo is just entering the frame is very engaging.

The original was painted on a 12 x 12 square, but you can order prints in any (square) size from my Fine Art America shop.

If you'd like to order a portrait of your own special furball, just email. I'd be happy to capture your pet in color, too.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pop-Art Style Labrador by Janet Burt

Cinnamon the dog is another painting in the series of quick studies I've been doing recently on masonite. (I cut up a 4 x 4 foot sheet into 12 inch squares.) 

I need to refine my gesso-ing process -- in some places, brush strokes where I put that background down are visible (not a good thing, I think). Still, this dog's smile makes me happy, and I love the color combination. It's a good example of the powerful way color can impact mood.

Send me an email and let's talk about your dog!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Couch Chihuahua Painting by Janet Burt

I've never been able to understand why spelling Chihuahua poses such a challenge for me (I always want to include a 'j' somewhere, as in Guadalajara). Fortunately I don't have the same issues when it comes to painting these dogs.

This little pooch named Mickey (he's so fine) is portrayed on a 16 x 20 inch canvas, relaxing in his favorite spot on the couch.  I enjoyed painting the entire dog rather than a "faces only" close-up. It was a nice change of pace.

Want me to capture your pet on canvas? You know where to find me!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Greyhound with a Soulful Gaze

Portrait artists are always saying how important the eyes are - but we are always saying it because it's true! Eyes are truly the focal point in this portrait of Alex, a senior greyhound, captured in close-up on this 12 x 12 canvas. 

Just to show you what I mean - you know, eyes are the window of the soul and all -- here's a close-up shot of Alex's peepers.

Here's the photo I worked from, originally.  Alex is a 9-year-old ex-racing greyhound, a laid-back dude who likes his stuffed toys.  You might notice that I painted Alex without his collars.  I felt they would have made the portrait busy, and detracted from Alex's face.  In fact, I only rarely include a dog's collar, like when a portrait needs a pop of color, or the owner specifically wants it to be included.  Otherwise I like to paint my subjects "naked."

If you'd like me to paint your senior dog, your pup, or a dog that's somewhere in between, shoot me an email, and we can get started!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Boston Terrier with Attitude

I love the composition of this portrait of a Boston Terrier named Bubba, and it seems I'm not the only one. I submitted this painting to the weekly Fan Art contest at Jerry's Artarama (the well-known art supply store), and it was one of 20 works selected to be highlighted in their facebook fan art gallery. How fun is that?

The original painting is fairly large at 18 x 24 inches, and makes a dramatic statement up on a wall.

Want me to make something similar for you? Just email and we can get started!

Thanks for supporting me and my art.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shih Tzu Painting by Janet Burt

Every time I write the words Shih Tzu I have to look up how to spell them - I guess I have a mental block in that arena.  But, whatever difficulties I have writing the words, I am glad to report that I don't have a similar problem painting the breed.  Here's my latest, painted on 16 x 20 gallery-wrapped canvas:

I've been working on a number of "hairy-faced" dogs lately.  It's a completely different painting challenge than a smooth-coated dog, and really must be done in layers, with the dark tones going down first so they can show between the lighter layers of fur.

Do you have a furry friend you'd like me to paint? You know where to find me!