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. Janet Gigante


  2. Pam Martin


  3. Karon Elliott Adams

    Wow. Really captures his personality

  4. Joyce Mesko

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

  5. Donna Michiel

    You are so incredibly talented.

  6. Margot A Johnson

    Really nice. Love the eyes.

  7. Anna Ammala

    love this ! it looks amazing ๐Ÿ˜

  8. Hope Lane Pet Portraits

    Thank you all for your very kind comments

  9. Ellen Vandeven

    Oh my word itโ€™s wonderful!

  10. Louise Metz

    What a doll!

  11. Mandy Smith

    Stunning .

  12. Anita Meese

    So so stuning

  13. Julie Silcock


  14. Sheila Colley

    Looks like a photo, clever painting

  15. Maggie Barraball

    So cute

  16. Beverly Phillips-Roman

    Absolutely beautiful ๐Ÿถ

  17. Cathy Wade

    You are very good!!

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