Third Portrait in Series is of a Rescued Pet.

Garçon as he is called, is my third portrait in a series of our family's pets, and the first rescued dog. Brought to a local dog rescue group by his owner, he was obviously well-loved and cared for as witnessed by the folder with all his vaccines and vet appointments and by the puppy toys left by the previous owner.

At first, when he joined his new family, Garçon ( in French means boy) seemed like an aggressive dog but in reality, he was scared. Given time and patience, he has become a lovable pet.

For Garçon’s background, I used freezer paper which I had used as a palette for another painting.

Pet portrait by Louise Primeau, Ottawa, Ontario artist.
Garçon, a third portrait in a limited series.

He joins Rosie and Chewy in this series of pet portraits that are framed as opposed to being painted on the usual gallery wrapped canvas.  This was a new experiment with acrylics and markers meant to try to loosen up a bit with my portraits.


Another experiment with pet portraits.

Using canvas board and a sand/gesso/acrylic paint mixture I am experimenting for a possible new series of pet portraits. The rough base creates an interesting texture but is hard on paint brushes.

As inspiration, I am using a technique demonstrated by Yvonne Morell, a Swiss artist who created Ladies with Character, an online class I bought several years ago. I hope to create whimsical portraits to go with my commissioned work, but for now, this is a goal as I move forward with my art.

Let me know what you think!



6 Responses

  • A wonderfully creative rendition of Garçon, Louise! I think that your new technique shows very well, as does your experimental style focusing on whimsical portraits. Have a great day!

  • Hi Louise, I don’t think it would matter what you used the animals you paint always have a uniqueness about them, not necessarily having to be picture perfect, but definitely representing the personality of each one. ?

    • Thank you Sally. It is my hope that the personality of each little companion shines through my portraits. I love to experiment and I find that the lessons I learn painting flowers, as example, can benefit my pet portraits. So no experimentation is ever considered as time wasted. I would like to paint more whimsical type portraits such as these because they are so much fun and much quicker to finish than the usual portraits. Have a great week!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *