Category Archives: pet portrait

Race Day

‘Race Day’, acrylic, 20x30cm

I was getting ready for Melbourne Cup and thought I’d have a go at doing a painting for it. It was one of those paintings that just worked without too much drama. I like the movement and the feeling that he is going at a cracking pace. Green Moon was the winner but I’m not sure he had a green shirt like mine.


‘Misty’- Pet Dog Portrait

‘Misty’, acrylic & charcoal, 40 x 30cm

Friends beloved dog ‘Misty’ died this week so I felt I wanted to do a pet portrait for them so they could always remember her.  I had been to a Don Waters class during the week and he demonstarted by doing a portrait of his dog, a dashhound. The most important thing  to get right is the eyes as these are the focal point and what people remember most about their pets.  It was fun to do  so I may do one of our dog Zebedee next.


Muscovy Mother Duck

‘Muscovy Mother’, acrylic

I sold this painting recently at Seaside Artists Gallery and there is an interesting story to it. A few years ago the farmer in me bought 2 ducks and a drake for the backyard.Possibly not the wisest thing for a suburban block. They proceeded to be an extremely fertile triple and  we were soon overrun by ducklings. This paintings is from a photo of one of the mothers sittings with her 15 ducklings. We sold most of the cute ducklings to the pet shop but kept 4 of them only to find that they did not stay cute for very long  and coated most of the backyard with slippery,slimy fertilizer. Needless to say we felt a better place for them was the freezer. So safely in the frezeer they went and off we went  on holidays. While we were away a storm took out our electricity and we came home to a dreadful mess of thawed out ducklings from a defrosted fridge . Our ducklings had to be buried in the backyard. The mother ducks and drake were relocated to acreage and I’m sure have had a few more ducklings since.