Animal Paintings

Painting Dogs (and their owners)

Dogs x 3The people of Britain love their dogs. It is no secret that I love animals. I come from a family of animal lovers. My younger brother has three cockerpoo type dogs, my sister has a Cocker Spaniel called Dolly one and myself and my husband have two gorgeous mutts.

Animals can do no wrong in my family. I suspect that my mother would prefer to see photos of friends’ dogs rather than photos of their grandchildren!

So its no surprise that I often choose dogs (and their owners) as subjects for my art. I also love painting dogs as commission portraits.

I am not always terribly good at making eye contact with people when I am talking with them but when I am out walking, I will often catch the eye of a dog and a glance will pass between us. Perhaps, I am imagining this.

Dogs are cool. They live in the moment and know how to fully enjoy themselves. They love being out and about and enjoy seeing that. There is no joy like the joy of dog running free in the park or in the woods.

I like to try and see the world from their point of view. This usually means a low view point. Little Jack Russells are a favourite of mine. They have a big personality.

I particularly like to capture the body language between the dogs and and their humans. I am intrigued by the bond that links them. Even if they are just a dog and a human, they are a pack. The human is not always, “top dog”!

Do you have a favourite dog painting?



Thirsty Work Oil on Linen Canvas 30×24 cm, unframed


Painting of sausage dog and family

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  1. Had to chuckle at your comment about favorite Jack Russells. I have met several of them over the years and have yet to encounter one that did not excessively bark at me. Must be something about me that sets them off LOL!

    • Thank for your comment. I’m a cat person too but you don’t see them out with their owners in quite the same way as dogs. My lovely cats are both black, which is nortoriously hard to paint, but that wont stop me having black cats. This is off the point somewhat but there’s a vet in the UK (in Bristol) who is offering to neuter black cats for free in a bid to find them homes!

    • Indeed. The reason why I paint other people’s dogs so often is that mine are both black (and my two cats) and this difficult to paint!!

  2. As you know Emma all dogs came from wolves.Through thousands of years we have domesticated their wildness into barks,licks & tail wags.Each is a unique as a snowflake.
    Your eye sees their unique personalities.
    Have you ever considered painting a bear?

    • Indeed all dogs are unique. I usually only paint creatures that are native to the British Isles (therefore no tigers and elephants, as much as I love them), but I have a bear painting on my list of paintings I want to do, after a couple of commissions, a lot of tiny bird paintings and quite a few of Donegal, Ireland.

  3. Your love of dogs shines through. <3 I also prefer to watch dog and communicate with them over humans. After moving to southern Tuscany 5 years ago and getting our bestia, I was disappointed to learn that all the area around me is the nature reserve and my dog must not run anywhere! I was told to leave the fields in the area often enough so that I don't try it any more. Instead he runs on the beach – where there is a hefty penalty if we are caught as well. So I only let him free if there is nobody around, which out of season is the norm. There are some dog parks in the area but they are little and he is not very good with other males. As for favourite dog paintings, I showed you mine yet and you posted it in a previous post with pet paintings, remember? 🙂

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