Finished Painting of a Bichon Frise

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Blog | 17 comments

Finished Painting of a Bichon Frise

Toby the Bichon Frise by Hope Lane, 9″ x 12″ acrylic

In painting Toby, my challenge was to capture the two distinct textures of his white fur–the soft curly lamb-like quality of his body coat and the top of his head–and the longer curly hair on his face. I used several brushes including an old beat up hog bristle I find useful for fleecy fur.

There’s a lot more color than you’d think in painting white fur. I used lavender, turquoise and a smidge of pink as well as burnt umber and plenty of white.

His human said that he was smart and he had a lot going on behind his eyes. So I spent a lot of time trying to get his expression just right. Hopefully you can see this in the final portrait.



  1. Gorgeous.

  2. Beautiful!

  3. Wow. Really captures his personality

  4. So real looking, doesn’t look like a painting, totally beautiful!!!

  5. You are so incredibly talented.

  6. Really nice. Love the eyes.

  7. love this ! it looks amazing ๐Ÿ˜

  8. Thank you all for your very kind comments

  9. Oh my word itโ€™s wonderful!

  10. What a doll!

  11. Stunning .

  12. So so stuning

  13. Beautiful

  14. Looks like a photo, clever painting

  15. So cute

  16. Absolutely beautiful ๐Ÿถ

  17. You are very good!!

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