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Paint a greyhound


My artist buddy Jordan told me I had to paint a greyhound. She’s an artist that specializes in pet portraits and for some reason she gave me this assignment. Now, I’ve never been much of a dog person, I’m a cat lady. I’m not the kind of person that gets all goofy when I see a puppy and sit there while the pup jumps on me and gives me a bath. However, dogs are really beautiful animals and I love the look of a healthy dog doing what dogs do.

I wasn’t really sure where I could find nice photos of Greyhounds, so I did a Google search and found lots of copyrighted professional dog photos, perfectly posed, like they were ready for a dog show. That wasn’t what I was looking for. Then I remembered Petfinder.com. I did a search for Greyhounds, and I found paydirt. First I found Allie (above). I wasn’t really comfortable with the way these dogs were built yet, but Allie was patient, and she had nice eyes.

The next dog I found was Jaina, she really appealed to me because I had the opportunity to paint her whole body, and she had a heart on her back.

Greyhounds are large dogs with short hair and very little flesh. You can see all their bones and muscles through their fur. What’s funny about these speed machines is that they are usually not such high energy dogs. When I painted Allie (the first dog), I was a little intimidated by her brindle markings, so I just painted her tan and white.

But when I found Gale I knew I had to paint her brindle fur because it was so beautiful.

To me, Greyhounds look like a cross between a deer and dinosaur. Babs is one of the more fetching ones I have ever seen. The reason I chose Babs as my last subject was not just because she was a pretty face, but because I discovered that black Greyhounds have a harder time getting adopted, just like black cats.

All of these paintings measure 6″ x 6″ and they are each for sale for $50.00. Forty percent of the proceeds of any of these paintings goes to ok, ok, not cat rescue but GREYHOUND rescue! Another important detail about these paintings, they are all real dogs (bitches) and they are all up for adoption!

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  1. Lynn
    June 11th, 2013 at 06:00 | #1

    I’m painting a portrait of my Greyhound, Stella, and I stumbled on your post when looking for examples of rendering brindle in watercolor. You made me laugh out loud with your assessment of Greyhounds looking like a cross between a deer and a dinosaur!

  2. June 4th, 2011 at 13:11 | #2

    I liked the first one the most! Maybe because the eyes grabbed me. Dogs have such souls. And I’m not even a dog person. Jaina is a wonderful rendition of a greyhound body. I like her sleepy eyes. Can tell how relaxed she is in this pic. I agree-informal say much more than formal poses.

  3. June 3rd, 2011 at 07:59 | #3

    They get better as you go down the post. (I never put pics I don’t like at the top lol). Like Gale & Babs, they look like greyhounds.

  4. June 3rd, 2011 at 05:48 | #4

    Yesterday you made me want to have another cat, today you make me want at dog, a greyhound even! The paintings are wonderful; I think they portray the essence of dogness.

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