Dog portraits in pastel – simply stunning

Dog portraits in pastel - a beautiful way to immortalise your dog
Dog portraits in pastel – a beautiful way to immortalise your dog

– At the Daily Dog we have noticed an increasing trend for people to have their dogs immortalised on canvas – particularly in the form of pastel portraits. As you’ll see by clicking on the image accompanying this Post, there are some truly talented artists around who produce stunning portraits of dogs.

For those unfamiliar, pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick consisting of powdered pigment and a binder. The same pigments used to make pastels are also used to make oil paints and other types of art media.

More and more dog owners are commissioning portraits, sometimes of their dogs alone and at other times with themselves included. The thought of making a permanent reminder of one’s dog may come to the forefront of a person’s mind when their dog is getting on in years, but it also seems many people are having portraits created when their dogs are much younger.

At the Daily Dog, we can’t think of a better image to hang on your wall than a beautifully handcrafted pastel of your best friend.

Some of the Australian artists we have come across in our research for this Post include:

Susan Bertolacci (Qld)

Catherine McMillan (NSW)

Sally McLean (Qld)

– although there are many more around of course. In fact a Google or Facebook search will reveal many, very talented artists across Australia who specialise in pet portraiture.

Some artists are happy to work just from photos and videos – which is more practical when the artist lives some distance away from his/her subject. Other artists however insist on spending time with their subject, even playing with them in order to get a better idea of the personality of the dog concerned. To find out the method a particular artist prefers, it is best to contact them directly of course.

The price does vary, with the cheapest we have found being around the $300 mark. At the more expensive end of the spectrum, together with quality framing, you can pay closer to $1,000. Considering the hours upon hours of work the artists put into their canine portraits, even a thousand dollars is quite reasonable in the opinion of the pups4sale team.

If you’ve had your dog/s immortalised on canvas – whether in pastel or some other medium such as charcoal (also very popular) – we’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your experience and the end result – be it good, bad or indifferent.

It is of course very difficult for an artist to capture the very essence of their subject’s personality – especially when the subject can’t talk! We think were we to commission a portrait of our elderly canine patron (13 year old “Ben”), we would want the artist to spend time with him and get to know him, rather than solely sending photographs or videos of him for the artist to work on. Mind you, in order to obtain Ben’s undivided attention, there would be substantial patting involved, perhaps a belly rub or two, and most definitely a frozen bone. 😉

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