Mary Ann Kitchell Art Blog
This is the second dog I've painted in the last year with the name Marley. No connection to the movie of the same name, but curious nonetheless!
Several decisions must be made when ordering a pet portrait:
Should the painting be a head study, or the full body? Generally, the small sizes are more appropriate for a head study, the larger sizes for full body portraits. Keep in mind a full body image on a small size makes the head and face small as well.
Do you want the background painted exactly as shown in the photograph? Most of the time it is better to simplify the background, thus putting the emphasis on the pet. You may include all or only the most significant parts of the background. Using only a colored wash places added emphasis on the pet. Including a much-worn bandanna or beloved toy makes the portrait special, and unique to that particular animal.