Animal Paintings

Sketches of dogs

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

To see more sketches of different breeds of dogs click here 

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  1. 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! 🙂

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