Painting Three Havanese

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted. Between the holiday rush and the fact I took an unexpected trip to the ER (all fine now), I have been taking a break from social media. But it’s a new year and time to get back to showing you what I’ve been painting.

I was commissioned to paint a large portrait of three Havanese who were referred to affectionately by their human as the “Tres Amigos” named Paco, Julio and Manny. The painting would be 24″ x 18″ in acrylic which is what I use to paint nearly all my pet portraits.

I was lucky enough to have an excellent photo to work with that needed only a little fine tuning to make the eyes more visible and pretty up the background. I asked the owner to also send me some photos of the plants found in her Southwestern yard– I used these as reference for the flowers in the background behind the “bridge” to add some color to the composition.

I started the painting with a pencil sketch shown here. Then later added color digitally in Photoshop so the client would have a clear idea of what the finished art would look like.