Sascha Portrait in Oil Completed

Sascha 2 Finished Portrait3-31-2020 CKatt

Sascha Long Hair German Shepherd Portrait in Oil.

Sascha the Long Hair German Shepherd a portrait in oil paints had many different states before its final completion. The background is still wet in some spots. It has to dry for a while and then I will varnish the surface.

Sascha Stage 1 portrait ckatt 17

Sascha Long Hair German Shepherd Stage 1 © CKatt 3-2020

Sascha Portratit Stage 2 3-10-2020

Sascha Long Hair German Shepherd Stage 2 © CKatt 3-2020

The portrait of Sascha is 8″ x 10″ in size on cotton canvas with a gesso prepared surface.

The challenge was the small size. I prefer an 11″X 14″ size to work on whether paper or canvas.  The learning curve was enormous.  The dog’s snout was too short. IT was necessary to remove the area of paint and lengthen her nose.

Working from a photo is always open to interpretation. People may categorize this type of dog portrait as traditional or realistic.

In today’s  local market for dog portraits there is a trend towards caricatures, which are very popular and fun. These works are made with broad strokes and vivid colors. Charming work that appeals to pet owners.

My aim is to portray more than the subject. The atmosphere or context surrounding the portrait is important to the overall composition. It is demanding to include details such as are pictured here. It takes more time, but in the end I am more satisfied with the result.

Here are two samples of early portrait work. The young woman in this oil portrait is Rebecca Stock. The Borzoi or Russian Wolfhound is from a photo that I drew with colored pencil of him at a lure coursing event in wide open spaces of Minnesota.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Be mindful of your friends and families.

Have a peaceful day wherever you may be.


About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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4 Responses to Sascha Portrait in Oil Completed

  1. mydangblog says:

    Wonderful–you’re so talented!

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