Dog portrait of Barney, painted by artist Patrick Saunders in oils on canvas.

Oil on canvas, 30"x40"
Private Collection

As dogs go, Barney is one of the best.

I knew that I wanted to paint him outdoors. His favorite activity was playing ball in the park. While I could have painted him with the ball, this is all about that look he gives waiting for you to thow it again. It's intense. This was a complicated painting due to the grass surrounding the figure. I painted and over painted it many times before it had the right balance of interest without overshadowing the figure of the dog.

The painting is paired with a portrait of his sister Betty. You can view some images of this work in progress on my blog.

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(c) Patrick Saunders Fine Arts