During a visit to a friend's home, we had the pleasure of meeting their new arrival, an adorable white Boxer dog pup named Sprout. Although her playful and lively demeanour was delightful, what truly moved us was observing her snuggle up and fall asleep in the arms of someone she had only met an hour before and this heartwarming moment inspired me to paint a portrait of it.
Whenever I visit my friend, I almost always take my camera. They have always had a large family of Boxer dogs, usually four at a time, many of whom I have drawn pencil portraits of over the years. My friend also likes photography, and the dogs are trained to obey "sit" and "stay" commands. Even though puppies can be energetic, they tire easily, which gave me the opportunity to capture a unique photograph. You can view the pencil portraits by clicking the bar below.
This painting measures only 8" x 8", making it relatively small. Painting in such a small size can be difficult, particularly when attempting to capture intricate details in a portrait. However, one technique to overcome this challenge is concentrating on a specific subject area, allowing for a closer examination of that particular feature. Isolating a light-coloured subject, such as a white Boxer dog puppy against a dark backdrop, will enable the details to take centre stage and be the primary focus. Click the link provided below to view a brief video showcasing my painting technique for Sprout's portrait.
I framed Sprout's painting with this now discontinued Highfield frame. It was chosen for this portrait as the colours were muted and does not overpower the monochromatic nature of the painting. Additionally, the silver inner trim provides a striking contrast that adds a touch of elegance to the artwork.
In loving memory of Sprout
2013 - 2021
2013 - 2021