“Flo” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

Painting brings people together! My 3rd grade teacher contacted me recently to commission a portrait of her grand puppy, Flo. She sent me more reference photos than anyone ever has, and it was very difficult to choose one because this dog is adorable. I chose the reference photo with the best shot of Flo’s eyes because she has really cool eyes that are different colors!

Now to address the elephant sized dog in the room. . . This blog is called pet painting a day, but I obviously haven’t been delivering. I’m trying, though, so be patient with me, and if you have any reference photos you would like to see painted on my blog, feel free to send ’em my way!


Pet Painting #15 Bella Beth Von Coxburg


“Bella Beth Von Coxburg” Acrylic on 9×12 canvas panel

 “Squirrel! Squirrel!”

Bella is a feisty little dog that loves to chase squirrels and geese.  Don’t judge a tiny book by its cover, though.  She was raised with German Shepherds, so you better not get between her and a bone.

I decided to keep this one very loose and use bright blocks of color.  I like the way it turned out, and it more than makes up for my frustration with last night’s painting.  Plus, how can you look at that cute little face and not be happy?

Ever wondered about the history of toy dog breeds, well according to this article, they date back about 12000 years to the Middle East, where smaller dogs were most likely bred to fit into densely packed agricultural societies.  (They also may have been used for fur or food, but we will pretend they have always been pampered pets.)