Labrador Retiever Pet Portraits in Oils by Katja Turnsek

Labrador Retriever pet portrait in oil

Pet Portrait Commission Info

Gabe contacted me to paint their much loved Labrador retriever Max. He was a lovely gentle giant and he very much deserved to have a special place on their family wall. This is a quite large painting, painted on professionally stretched Italinan Linen canvas.

I used a very limited premixed palette for this portrait, which resulted in a nice color harmony. The client also decided to have the portrait framed by my local framer.

Painting Information

Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas
Size: 60 x 55 cm
Year Painted: 2013
Subject: Dog / Labrador Retriever / Max
Commissioned by: Gabriel Guijarro, USA

The Reference Photograph of "Max"

I got a few photos of Max, but only one was good enough for a portrait. I had to make some changes to the photo though and while I painted, I also decided to blur up parts of the background even more. The photo was very yellow, so I had to adjust all colors to mach one other photo I had of Max.

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.

Labrador Retriever pet portrait in oil


The painting is beautiful. I love it. I look forward to having hanging up in our home.

Best regards,