Saturday, April 3, 2010

"Dog Days"











24 x 12 oil on canvas SOLD

This is a commission for a friend. All four of these
dogs have so much personality. This was the basic
pose but I went through tons of photos trying to
capture all of their unique expressions. I've grown
very fond of them in the past few months!

By popular demand, here is some info I received on
the pack. Starting from left to right:

Sergio is a 3 yr old Victorian Olde English Bulldogge
and the dog aggressive leader of the pack.
His nickname is Kujo!

Willow is a trouble maker with a Capital T.
She is a 2 year old French Bulldog

Bella is also a beautiful 2 year old French Bulldog
who was rescued from a Puppy Mill. She had a
rough life and looks and acts older than her age.
She had 3 litters before she was rescued by this
loving family who treats her like the little Princess
she is.

Maggie is a 2 year old Jug - half Pug/half Jack Russel.
She is a "very good girl" and I'm sure she has a lot of
personality with that mix!


45 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

Gwen, this is definitely one of my favorites of yours. You really did capture a personality for each of these dogs and to do it all in one painting is incredible!
Congrats on the interview too!!

Colette Theriault said...

You captured them really nicely on this pose Gwen. They look like quite the bunch of rascals!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This one is Numero Uno.
What a great piece.
Do you have their names? Ages?

r garriott said...

Nicely done! So much expression. Your friend must be very pleased.

Gwen Bell said...

Thanks everyone! Getting those ages for you right now, Irit.

Candace X. Moore said...

Too cute, Gwen. You really nailed it. I couldn't help smiling as I looked at this image. The composite is very convincing (a natural looking group pose) and even though the palette is limited it looks very lively. Nice job.

Kim said...

GWEN! Wow! This is super! : ) I just love the way you painted those dogs. I like the division between the black and white fur in dog #2, and the way you laid down the colours in the third one (the beautiful shifts), and the noses and eyes on all of them are just the best. You must be thrilled!

Cathyann said...

Perfect.

dominique eichi said...

this is such beautiful work and the pose is perfect. Fabulous

Angela Elledge said...

I love poses of contented dogs, but I love the pose of 4 contented dogs so much better! Gwen, I love this painting, what a special commission; very well done!!

Linda said...

Such a great painting! Each dog has a unique personality that is quite evident. They are all so cute!

Linda said...

I am unable to pull up your interview! Darn!!

Jala Pfaff said...

How funny. This is so well done too!

Tammy Hext said...

Well done Gwen - I enlarged it and every brushstroke sings. You captured the personalities of the dogs beautifully as well.

Dors said...

Superb job Gwen. They look adorable. and well done.. great work.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This is so adorable - the expressions of the dogs and the poses of each really make this an exceptional painting, Gwen. I love it! The people who commissioned this piece have to be ecstatic!!!!

makebelieveO6 said...

Gwen is a fantastic person, obviously a superb artist and talented musician. I am very blessed that she was able to paint my puppy pack, capturing each of their personalities. She is the perfect person to commission a portrait from. She is patient and is accepting of all ideas and comments. Thanks Gwen, HUGz

Dewberry Fine Art said...

This is wonderful. You captured them individually and as a group in a terrific composition. Great faces of love and friendship comes through in a heart warming painting.

Gwen Bell said...

I'm so moved by all the wonderful comments I'm getting on these sweet dogs. Thank you all sooooo much!

Violetta Smith said...

It is flawless, Gwen. What a great picture. It put a smile on my face.

Art with Liz said...

They are awesome Gwen! What a lovely painting of the four of them.

suzanneberry said...

STUNNING!! Beautifully done Gwen! I have goose pimples!! I love their expressions, everything!
Bravo my friend!

Clarabela said...

What cute dogs. You did a great job on this painting.

Lisa Riehl said...

Fantastic painting Gwen! I love it, and I'm sure you friend is so thrilled with it!!!!! Great composition too....

Megha Chhatbar said...

OMG! They are just soooo cute! Well painted expressions and the poses they have given is just wonderful!

Arti said...

Lovely paintin, Gwen..you are so good with dogs!Great, expressive potrait.

Amanda Carder said...

Gwen thank for the Comments, and thanks for leading me to your work! I just love what you have done with these babies, so much emotion. I really enjoy painting animals and know just how difficult it can be. Really great job!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Very well done Gwen! This is a beautiful painting! Your hard work has paid off...the expressions are wonderful :)

Mona said...

Commented yesterday, but perhaps it got lost, and glad you got so much positive feedback anyway.

It's a really cute dog portrait, Gwen, and you captured each dog's personality so well.

Lori Bonanni said...

Great job! You really captured the essecense of these dogs!

artbyakiko said...

What a wonderful portrait, Gwen!! I just love it. You have given real personality to each one of these gorgeous dogs. It's always nice to know that these dogs have found a loving home.

liz wiltzen said...

Gwen, these guys are sooooo kee-yoot! You did a fabulous job with them, bravo!

martinealison said...

Très jolis portraits. J'aime beaucoup... Beau travail.

Kim Blair said...

Hi Gwen:
Excellent painting of all these cute pooches! I can see each of their personalities shining through as I read your description. This painting will no doubt lead to many, many pet portrait commissions.
Kim

Edward Burton said...

This is absolutely wonderful, Gwen! It is also one of my favorites of yours. Beautifully painted and their personalities shine through.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Wow Gwen, I'm sure its been said already, but you have really outdone yourself with this one! You certainly have a way of seeing the personalities of these wonderful pups and capturing it on canvas. The owner, who must be a wonderful person indeed, will be very happy.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wow! Oh Gwen, I imagine your friend is thrilled with it!! It's wonderful.

Diana Marshall said...

Wonderful painting looks like it was a labor of love, you must be so pleased with it and your friend must be thrilled, to put it mildly!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Gwen, Your friend must be on cloud 9. This is just too wonderful for words. You are amazing!

becky joy said...

Wonderful painting. You captured a personality for each of them. Enjoyed this one. Lucky friend.

Carol Blackburn said...

Some perfect pooches, Gwen. I've been checking out some of your work. Awesome!

L.Holm said...

oh my goodness - fantastic, Gwen! They must love it. phenomenal work.

Dean Grey said...

Gwen!

You did a great job here! I'm sure the owner of these pooches is quite pleased with this painting!

I love how all the dogs are spilling over one another. Great poses and expressions by all!

-Dean

Pattie Wall said...

Hi gwen - i applaud you for bravely painting them all together in a row, so cute and cuddly and correct size and all. The owner must be absolutely awed with it! good one!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love it!! The painting is great and they are precious. God love the people who rescue animals and treat them they way they should be treated.