Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"Charly" the Golden Retriever

(Acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard) 16x20in

This is Charly, a beautiful Golden Retriever who resides in Scotland with his human pal Ray. Absolutely loved painting this beautiful big huggable boy! I worked from both these reference photos to get a nice coposition and paint in his lovely wispy hairs!

Charly was commissioned in 2017 as a surprise gift from Ray's sister Helen. I very much enjoy being part of a secret squirrell surprises such as this and enjoyed having Charly in my studio for a couple of months (please see Helen's testimonial below).

Have recently switched to acrylics from oils and am enjoying their versatility (particularly being able to airbrush and feel I can get the detailing better than with oils).

Golden Retriever Labrador painting

Closeup of Charly's painting

golden retriever labrador painting

On the easel outside my studio, to give a sense of scale and email a photo to Helen
before varnishing to see if any final tweaks were required!

Ray receiving the painting, love how Charly is looking at the painting too!

Ray with his painting framed


~ Testimonial from Helen McDonald, Scotland

"Just so Charly - I can't believe you managed to capture the essence of Charly from a bunch of photos sent from the other side of the planet. The detail is fantastic right down to the little bits of fur which stick up on his left ear. The thoughtful expression is perfect and so Charly. Ray is still gob-smacked..... amazing and stunning are the top adjectives used when he looks at the painting. Thank you so much.  "


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