Wire Haired Hungarian Vizsla Commissioned Pastel Portrait Painting

Updated: May 4

I absolutely loved painting this Hungarian Vizsla Dog - Tyler. It was commissioned by the client as a gift to his owner when he sadly passed away. The client sent me the photo and I was instantly inspired - such a handsome dog. It is painted in pan pastels on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper, and the size is 14 x 12".


It's important when creating a portrait or painting of a dog to feel inspired by the subject matter. He was on a settee with his favourite toy the tennis ball which the client wanted me to include, I must admit it was the first time I had ever painted a tennis ball (there is always a first time!) I simplified the background and the blanket and the client and I were both very pleased with the result.


When I am commissioned to paint a dog portrait or painting I always ask for a selection of photos and then between myself and the client we choose a photo that best represents the dog. It needs to be clear and close up for me to produce the best portrait. I'm not a photorealism painter but my work is somewhere between impressionism and realism.


Here is what the client kindly said in her testimonial....


"When looking for an artist to paint a much loved boy who had sadly died I found, on Lorna's website, a wonderful picture of a Viszla. Having been in the breed for many years I know how rare it is to find a good representation. What she has produced for me displays the dog's features perfectly and reflects the essence of his personality and character brilliantly. Thank you Lorna." - Lynne