Malinois Dog Portraits in Oils by Katja Turnsek

Malinois dog portrait in oil

Dog Portrait Commission Info

I painted this oil portrait on Belgian linen canvas, back in the days when I stretched the canvases myself. It's a montage painting of Malinois Gotha, a portrait along with him doing bitework. This is a wonderful way to portray any working dog since it reflects his or her true characteristics and working ability.

I wanted to achieve great light and a warm color harmony in this painting. This portrait was a gift from my client to her own dog's breeder. Jennifer also wanted me to paint his name at the bottom on the painting. I never thought it would be that hard to paint letters in oil.

Painting Information

Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas
Size: 40 x 30 cm
Year Painted: 2011
Subject: Dog / Malinois / Gotha
Commissioned by: Jennifer Kohl, Austria

The Reference Photograph of "Gotha"

This photo mock-up required allot of work. The original photo is to the right and my mock-up is to the left. I used Gotha's head and one more photo of him at work and edited the background completely. After that was done, I also painted on some suitable colors and finally I wrote the name at the bottom.

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.

Malinois pet portrait in oil

Hi Katja,

Yesterday I received the painting! It's sooo beautiful, I like it very much! Thinking about to let my own dogs painted in oil too ;-) from you of course :-)

Thank you so much, Katja!

Kind regards
Jennifer Kohl