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Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Gift of a Dog Portrait- Poodle Maltese Mix Painting in Pastel

I often get requests from clients to keep a portrait commission "secret" because it is intended as a birthday or Christmas gift for a special  someone. I love surprises! After many days or weeks of  secretly sharing updates of the work in progress via email with the client, nothing pleases me more to know that the stunt was pulled off and the recipient had no idea !!

No longer a secret, this next commission I can now share with you. I was told the recipient was very pleasantly surprised and even got emotional.  It warms my heart to hear and read such stories and knowing my painting has touched someone's life in a positive way. I really do have the best job in the world!

poodle maltese mix painting of pet portrait by Colette Theriault
To view the progression of this portrait visit my website


  1. Beautifully executed Colette! It's a great pose, and the strong side-lighting works a treat.

  2. I really enjoy working with these types of references Peter. It is usually difficult to get good photos to work from when doing commission work, but when I saw this one, I was hoping it was "the one"!

  3. OMGosh, Colette! He's so perfectly painted. I love this one!!! I love the light hitting him and that pose!!!! I can see why she got emotional!!!

  4. Hilda, thank you so much. It is a treat to be able to paint such compositions.