Monday, February 2, 2009


Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper - 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" (NFS)

I was asked to do a painting by my west-side gal pal, Tiffany (holla! - love typing that). She wanted a portrait of her dog Velvet. Velvet is a Miniature Pinscher and she's about a year old....soooo cute!!

The painting was relatively small so it was quick to paint but still a challenge. There's tons of detail in this piece especially in the fur.

The hardest part was getting the dog's coat to have that glossy sheen and not look flat. I also wanted to capture that subtle glowing effect on the eyes. There were several times where I thought for sure that I fucked it up and would have to start all over again.

Everything was done in watercolors except the blacks which were done in ink. I used a combination of brush, dip pen, and technical pen for all the inkwork.

I'm really pleased with the way this turned out!


Mark Adams said...


As well you should be pleased - this is great!

Dean Grey said...

Mark Adams!

Thanks for the compliments.

I don't know that my pet portraits are as lovely as yours but I try.


naturgesetz said...

Looks great to me.

Dean Grey said...

Thank you, naturgesetz!


Anonymous said...

This is frickin awesome! Why can't you get a job as an artist yet? lol...dude, I don't know Classical from Baroque from Modern, but I do know talent when I see it...and you def have it. The fur is simply amazing, so is the rendering of her eyes...perfect!

Dean Grey said...

Hey James!

I appreciate the enthusiasm.

I'm pretty proud of this pet portrait myself.

A job as an artist? Hmmm, only time will tell.

Thanks for checking my artwork out!


Anonymous said...

Gosh man, it's almost like a photo!

I love art blogs, it's like a form of expression in a post, but no words are required. Each takes what they want to or can from the image. It's harder to do that with mere words, I think.

Dean Grey said...

Thanks again, James!


we could grow up 2gether said...

omg, this is unbelievably cute!

Dean Grey said...

Thanks, wecouldgrowup2gether!


Alvin Richard said...

Superbly done! In order to achieve a high standard of realism, you need to get the light you have captured it in an amazing fashion, including the eyes which are his windows to the world. The blue and red really makes it sing!

Dean Grey said...


I appreciate the kind words.

I really do like the way Velvet turned out. It was a challenge to paint.

The red collar and blue harness were my favorite parts too!

I don't think I can paint as realistically as you can though. You are the master of realism!

Thanks for checking out my work!


Mona Diane Conner said...

Dean, after all of your kind and wonderful comments on my blogs, I am scrolling through Exploding Donut, and seeing some great work.

This is one of the best pet portraits I've seen in a long time! I think it's my favorite even! You really captured the endearing personality and your friend must have been thrilled and delighted. I love the red collar and blue harness and the bell, and the touch of blue in the eyes really integrates the colors.

Dean Grey said...


It's spelled "Doughnut"....get it right! LOL, just kidding!

My friend loved the portrait. She framed it up really nice and displays "Velvet" prominently in her home.

I love the reds and blues in the dog collar too. Thanks for noticing the blue glow of the eyes. That was kind of tricky to do.

I appreciate the compliments!


stanw said...

This is not easy to do, with my limited knowledge and experience anyhow, and I find it absolutely beautiful. Everything in the whole painting stands out and each detail compliments the other. Those eyes!

Dean Grey said...


This is still one of my all-time favorite pieces. So glad you like it!


Renee said...

Dean well you certainly did not fuck that up. I thought it was a photograph. Amazing.


Dean Grey said...


That's quite a compliment!


KR said...

Dean that looks fabulous!!

Dean Grey said...



I'm still very proud of this puppy portrait!