Borzoi Pet Portraits in Oils by Katja Turnsek

borzoi pet portraits in oil

borzoi pet portraits in oil

Pet Portrait Commission Info

The two beautiful Borzois are Multi Champions Tara and Harry from a Kennel in Slovenia. Andreja who I have known for many years now, was actually one of my first clients when I lived in Slovenia.

I didn't work full-time as a pet portrait artist, just wanted to save money to buy a dog. After that, she has ordered websites, logotypes and other things over the years. But she always wanted an oil painting created by me and after many years of saving, she commissioned me to create this painting.

I wanted to do something extra with it and didn't want to just copy a photo, so I exaggerated all colors and created a different light than the reference photo had. It has a romantic entirety and I love this painting!

Painting Information

Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas
Size: 80 x 55 cm
Year Painted: 2011
Subject: Dogs / Borzois / Tara & Harry
Commissioned by: Andreja Novak, Slovenia

The Reference Photograph "Tara & Harry"

This was Andrea's long time favorite photo of her two dogs. This time I only got one reference photo to paint from, and this was the one. I didn't do any amendments to the photo, but I excluded some houses visible in the background when I painted. I also completely changed colors and light. I pretty much painted it exactly as I wanted, since Andrjea didn't mind.

Reference Photo

Pet Portrait in Progress

Below you can view a few work in progress photos of this portrait. It is important for me that you understand the painting process at the same as you have a full input the entire time, that is why I’m prepared to spend some extra time in order to keep you regularly updated. I have had this feature for many years, even though I uploaded the progress images to a static html page at first. Now I use my portraits in blog for this exciting feature. If you do not wish to share your painting’s progress or the completed painting with the world, I can send you the progress images by email. Several clients decided to do this, especially famous ones.

borzoi pet portraits in oil