Clumber Spaniel Dog Portraits in Oils by Katja Turnsek

Clumber spaniel dog portraits in oil

Dog Portrait Commission Info

The oil portrait of Clumber spaniel Duncan was commissioned by Kelly to give as a present. Duncan is sadly no longer with us, but this lovely portrait will serve as a wonderful way to celebrate his life. kelly initially wanted a painterly styled portrait, but since I decided to stop painting those, she agreed to commission a detailed oil portrait instead.

I loved to paint Duncan and even though this painting is rather small, it has some really tiny details included. I wanted to achieve softness and warmth in this portrait.

Painting Information

Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas
Size: 30 x 30 cm
Year Painted: 2013
Subject: Dog / Clumber Spaniel / Duncan
Commissioned by: Kelly Arford-Horne, USA

The Reference Photograph of "Duncan"

I received some really lovely photos of Duncan and ended up in choosing this one. I cropped the image to fit the canvas size and edited some lights. I also added some more neck, by copying that part from another climber spaniel.

After that was done, I softened up the edges and changed the color balance. Later on I decided not to paint the flowers as I thought it would distract Duncan’s portrait.

Reference Photo

Dog 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.

Clumber spaniel dog portraits in oil

Hi Katja,

I just wanted to let you know that my mom received the portrait of Duncan and she loves it! I haven't seen it yet, but I know she's really happy with it. Thank you again for all of your great work - the portrait will be very special to our family, Duncan was a much-loved member of our family. I can't wait to see it.

Thanks again!

Kelly Arford-Horne