Dog Portrait

A few months ago, I painted a portrait of a friend’s dog. She is a beautiful golden retriever, who sticks her tongue out to the side as a habit. Here’s the portrait, based upon a photo she provided. Because this dog swims constantly in the summer, I put the lake behind her:

Original oil painting of a golden retriever in front of a lake

“Molly” (c) 2014, oil, 16 X 20

I had a lot of fun painting her; she’s a wonderful dog with lots of energy. Palette used for eyes and fur: burnt sienna, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow medium, alizarin crimson; for tongue: cad. red med, alizarin crimson, titanium white; nose: fur colors, plus touches of lamp black; lake: ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, titanium white, cobalt blue.