Saturday, October 1

White Schnauzer Pet Portrait by Judy Mackey

5" x 5 ", Oil on Board
Sold - Commission

As I mentioned in the last post for Oliver the Black Standard poodle - black is a hard color to paint when it comes to dogs.  But I have to change my thoughts on that as now I'm of the opinion that white is really really really hard :)  Add too much browns and grays and the dog looks either dirty or dull.  And yet I needed to add subtle shading to contour the face. 

Hank is an unshaved Schnauzer whose ears have not been cropped.  He is a happy boy who has dancing dark eyes that are covered in most of his photos.  The owner of Hank sent a lot of photos but in most of them he looked like a cotton ball.  I was tempted to do a mixed media - glue a few cotton balls on the canvas and call it a day... :)  But I persevered and finished this painting.  It's actually a second re-paint.  His owner was happy with the photo I've emailed to her.  This painting is in the mail and on it's way to it's home in Southwestern Georgia.

If you are interested in commissioning me for your very own pet portrait, please email me at  If you like my work, I hope you will refer me to your friends.

1 comment:

  1. Judy, I think you did a fabulous job on him. There is lots of great texture, clean, clear color, and you made the painting look fresh and effortless. Not to mention he has such a sweet expression. :-))


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