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!