Friday, April 8, 2011

A new pet portrait by Terry Albert

Meet Finch, a golden retriever, subject of my latest pet portrait. I took a break from painting after Christmas so I could finish my upcoming book, and it took awhile to get back into the swing of painting again. This is done in acrylics on multimedia illustration board, with colored pencil over the paint.

Finch passed away recently, of old age, and his owner, Robin wanted a scene of Finch enjoying one of his favorite hikes. She lives in Montana and this scene was near Baker Lake.

I added in some of the local wildflowers: clarkia, gentian and heather, though I wouldn't expect you to recognize them! Painting the rocks was a real challenge. I wanted to make them interesting without so much detail they took over the picture.

Finch's owner wrote something very sweet when she saw the finished picture. "It will be good to have Finch home again." I got a little teary-eyed at the thought.

The finished piece is 11 x 14", matted up to 16 x 20 and ready to frame. If you are interested in a portrait of your pet, please contact me!

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