Dog portrait: Zoey in the Snow

A family member recently contacted me after his friend’s dog, Zoey, passed away. He commissioned this painting as a gift for his grieving friend, to have as a memory of his beloved canine companion.

This was one of the pictures he sent me when we were considering what to use for reference photos. I thought it was perfect, because it gave me an opportunity to paint this fantastic tree in the background, trees of course being my specialty.

Reference photo for Cedar Lee dog portrait
Reference photo for Cedar Lee dog portrait

Here is what I painted in the end. I simplified the image somewhat, removing the busy look of the many tiny twig-like branches, added a lot of color, and put a bit of my own style into it.

Zoey in the Snow. 16" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Zoey in the Snow. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Rest in peace, Zoey dog.

Painting in Cedar Lee Studio: Zoey in the Snow. 16" x 12", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Painting in Cedar Lee Studio: Zoey in the Snow. 16″ x 12″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Coming up next: more Tree of Life pieces I have been creating for my upcoming Spring Sale!

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