Pet Portrait – Dog Days of Summer


‘Bailey the Boxer’ — 10″x10″ Oil-On-Card Stock — SOLD

It’s been a while since I painted a pet portrait. This didn’t happen by design — I love painting pets — but  my attention has been diverted by all the still lifes I’ve been working on.

After a very pleasant Spring, it looks like the Dog Days of Summer have arrived in Austin! Webster defines this as the period from early July to early September when the most sultry summer weather usually occurs. We Texans are blessed (haha) with a few extra weeks of this very special time.

The “dog thing” figures in with the brightest of the summer stars, Canis Major (the Big Dog) that rises and sets with the sun. Ancient Romans even thought the earth received extra heat from this star, creating this stretch of unusually warm and humid weather.

The good news is that this time of year provides a great opportunity for an artist to hole up in the studio and paint away. Today we had the AC guy out to add coolant to our ancient system, and now I am all set to paint my way through these sweltering days!!

My online marketing company (Bruce) has been encouraging me to do some more pet portraits. I’ve done quite a few animal paintings lately, but my last portrait of a pet was of our friends’ dog Mac several months ago. Since we are pet-less (not counting the Pit Bull next door), I was casting about for some inspiration when my friend Andrea sent a photo of her lovable old boxer, Bailey. Just the face I needed, and here’s the resulting pet portrait. Isn’t she sweet?

I know all my followers have the most adorable dogs, cats, fish and birds — send me your pictures! You and your animal companions deserve your own original Rawlings pet portraits!

Happy Dog Days!!! (And try and stay cool!)

About Valerie Rawlings

Austin, Texas oil painter focusing on portraits, landscapes and still life paintings
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2 Responses to Pet Portrait – Dog Days of Summer

  1. Carrie Boyles says:

    I love this! I agree with Bruce about your pet portraits. I have a great pic of Deej (our Staffordshire Terrier…pit bull) I know Curt would love to have. It will be coming your way.

  2. Caren Upshaw says:

    This is fabulous! Bailey’s fame saved in perpetuity! Did you hand paint the background too??