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   Shih tzu picture

Size: 9" x 13"
Medium: Enhanced watercolor
Breed: Shih Tzu
Name: Benny

Benny loved to hunt and retrieve grouse for his master.  Apparently, he had learned the skill himself. Quite unusual behavior for a lapdog I thought...but I agreed with the owner that this would be a great pose to remember and honor Benny.


 Shih tzu picture for pet watercolor  painting


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Update 2

This is the preliminary sketch of Benny's portrait. I am using additional reference photographs of Benny and of ruffed grouse to capture the detail that is lacking in the mock-up pose.

You will notice that they eyes look much better once they are painted. A sketch sometimes really looks funny and it is hard to visualize what the final painting will look like, as is the case with Benny's portrait.


Update 3

Update 4

The feathers and pattern of the grouse are the most time consuming aspect of this portrait.  Here I've made the tail slightly longer as it didn't seem right on the sketch.

The portrait is advancing nicely. As you can see, the wings and back of the grouse are almost complete. I will then be adding the ground near Benny's feet and  this painting will be nearly finished!



Update 4

Finished Portrait-click to enlarge

After  few more touch ups, Benny and his prize catch are almost ready to come home!

After adding some fall color in the form of dried/fallen leaves, this portrait is now complete.



Many more wildlife watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings, graphite pencil, colored pencil and charcoal drawings and sketches of animals and pets can be found in my art gallery. See portraits of dogs, puppy, cats, kitten, horses, pony, fancy rat, birds, elephant, butterfly, rhinoceros, jaguar, moose, raccoon, red fox, rabbit, hare, lion, zebra, owl, wolf and more. Commission an original custom wildlife painting or drawing,  dog portrait, cat portrait, horse portrait or other animal portrait today. These original, hand-made, custom pet portraits and wildlife paintings or animal drawings make wonderful memorial gifts for every dog, cat, horse or animal lover.



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