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About Katja Turnsek

Pet portrait artist Katja Turnsek has been painting pet portraits from photos professionally since 2005. Follow the painting progress, news and arty thoughts in this blog. Katja has two dogs of her own, which she loves very much :). Don't forget to sign up for Katja's Newletter and receive latest articles and news! You can also follow Katja on facebook: PetPortraitsArtist and Twitter: @KatjasArtStudio.

Next Two Stages of American Staffordshire Terrier in Oils

I painted two more stages of the American Staffordshire Terrier in oils. Today I will let the painting rest, however I will complete this portrait tomorrow. The final scan will be online to view in a couple of days. In between I will create one conté pastel commission before I continue with Kenzies new oil portrait. It has been a while since I painted with oils, it shows because I’m not as efficient as I used to be. I will create three more small oil painting like this before I will know how long it takes to create a small oil painting like this.

Next Stages of American staffordshire terrier in Oils

Next Stages of American staffordshire terrier in Oils

Initial Stage of American Staffordshire Terrier in Oils

Yesterday I started on the first oil painting for our new project. The portraits will all be painted in very small sizes and this painting is in size 22,5 x 22,5 cm to make things faster. People have been very generous, sending photos of their lovely pure bred dogs for me to paint. The reason why we chose pure bred dogs is simply because mixed breeds look very different and these paintings will be printed on products. I paint new ones because I would never use commissioned portraits to print on products for others to buy, I greatly appreciate all my clients. This is American staffordshire terrier “Gretchen”, initial stage with Acrylics. I will continue with the painting process today, keep coming back for more updates. I also have a long waiting list with commissioned portraits, please bare with me as I will do my best to complete them all as soon as I can.

Initial Stage of American Staffordshire Terrier in Oils

Initial Stage of Kenzie in Oils

In 2014 I painted American Cocker Spaniel Kenzie in Oils and we also had the painting framed with my local framer. Unfortunately the painting along with the frame accidentally got destroyed not along ago, also Kenzie sadly died. The client contacted me to paint Kenzie once again and this is the initial stage. The painting can’t look exactly same same as the first oil portrait was painted in Alla Prima, I will however create another great oil portrait. Now I use Acrylics for for my initial sketches. Before I continue with Kenzie, I will complete a small oil painting of American staffordshire terrier Gretchen for our new project. Keep coming back for updates on Kenzie though.

Initial Stage of Kenzie in Oils

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