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Sketches of dogs

Paintings of spaniels

As a Christmas present, I promised I would paint my sister’s cocker spaniel, Dolly. I have a few photos of her but I thought my sister might prefer a painting based on an image she’d chosen.

My sister, however, gets distracted by all sorts of stuff, like the builders arriving to take down her lean-to shed and then having to deal with the junk that has accumulated in the said shed. In her defense, she’s inherited the contents. None of it is hers. There’s a fair bit of it.

Shed contents
Contents of my sister’s ex-shed

Anyway, I am waiting for her to send me her chosen image.

“Dolly won’t sit still when I try and take a photo!”, my sister complains.

So I may be waiting a while!

So in the meantime, I have been practicing painting other people’s hounds. I like to do quick tonal acrylic sketches as a break from oil painting. It challenges to think about tonal value rather than colour. Sometimes, it get it right, sometimes I don’t.

Painting of a cocker spaniel dog
Cocker Spaniel


painting of cocker spaniel


Painting of Cocker Spaniel

I also did a sketch of Dolly from a photo my mother had sent me. It may be the one my sister ends up getting!

Painting of Spaniel
Dolly the Spaniel


12 thoughts on “Sketches of dogs

  1. I love tge livelyness of these sketches.

  2. Wonderful how you create this dog with only a little lines

  3. Goldie and Gilda are my fav’s 🙂

  4. Looks like you’ve been having some FUN with this, Emma! (I have promised two commissions as Christmas gifts, this year….now I am waiting to see what they want ….. I wonder how long THEY will take to decide, or if I should make a few suggestions?!) How did the subject decision come about with your sister? Just curious! 🙂

    1. I know she loves Dolly to pieces and she’s a beautiful dog, so it was me that suggested painting her.

  5. Nice quick sketches!

  6. These are wonderful Emma.

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