I just completed this acrylic painting of a corgi running agility and was reminded again of how the wisest pet owners leave the art up to the artist. A sport dog offers great subject matter; the painting is loaded with energy and the dog can be remembered doing what he loves. The joy shows in his face. The photos are often blurry, especially when taken indoors in low light. A painting is a good way to seize that moment and make up for whatever the camera missed. With that in mind, though, it is better to have a good, clear photo to work from. In fact, several photos of the same dog are usually more helpful than just one. I sometimes can combine images for a more dramatic effect, as with this flyball Sheltie.
I always find these types of paintings so much more interesting than what I call, “The Senior Picture”, which amounts to just the head of the dog. But, everyone is different and different people like different things. That’s part of the challenge of dog portraiture.