Over the past month or so I’ve been working on an acrylic portrait of a dog, picking it up on and off when I’ve had time.

It’s finally finished and will be given as a surprise for its new owner on their birthday this week.

The background was the first thing I painted, leaving the dog shape in the middle white. In hindsight I should have painted the whole background, then sketched out the dog afterwards.

I ended up having to repaint the background because there were some little white gaps around the dog and I couldn’t match the colour perfectly to fill them in.

Anyway, we learn from our mistakes and, even though it took a little longer than it probably should have, I’m pleased with the outcome.

For anyone interested, I used Daler Rowney acrylic paints on acid free 240g acrylic paper. It’s got a nice texture which is visible in the photo above.

While working on this pet portrait I did a bit of research into acrylic techniques and discovered the wonderful artist Marcel Witte. For my next project I’m going to try his technique of painting the background and blocking all shapes out first.

To deliver the painting, Sam and I took a trip to South Devon this weekend. It was a great chance to meet up with all our friends and we even got out on the water on Saturday in a friend’s boat.

I was disappointed not to have brought my wetsuit as the guys were wakeboarding and it looked like so much fun!

Here are a couple of snaps from the wakeboarding session near Torquay.

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I’m sharing this post on the following blogs:  Handmade Harbour, Paint Party Friday Manon Popje’s Illustrations, Nifty Thrifty Things, Be Different Act Normal and Tatertots and Jello.


Fabulous painting – they will be very pleased with that 🙂 I know what you mean… I always block out the colours before I start or else I have to do a thousand more strokes trying to cover the background paper !! 🙁

IKE xxx

My Mom used to do Horse Portraits in Soft-Pastel-Crayons on “Velvet”-Paper decades ago. So I *know* how much WORK is involved. Your Textures are Fabulous!

Stunning work….you are amazing… such intricacies!! Love it so much!!! Each tiny stroke so beautiful!! I bet the owner was beyond thrilled!

Hugs Giggles

Wow Claire it has ended up looking fantastic, well but it did all the way through for me to be honest. I love painting so thank you for sharing an artist I didn’t know. I love all the different art you create and you are so good at all of them. Keep it up and I can’t wait to see what you create next.Happy Paper Saturdays ManonX

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