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

"Steve & Ruby"

(Huntaway Farm Working Dogs)

Pastel (42 x 34cm)

A surprise birthday commission, Steve & Ruby were mum and son, both have sadly passed away now. The painting was quite a challenge, as the only photos the client had were of poor quality, but sometimes that is the beauty of painting that we can bring alive and create something new from photos. We decided on a combined photoshop composition in a natural tussocky background, by combining the top two photos, I think the composition was a lovely choice.

Huntaways are highly intelligent energetic New Zealand working sheep dogs.

pastel painting in progress by Karen Neal Artist

Working on the portrait in the studio with soft pastels and pastel pencils

Huntaway farm dog painting in pastel

The final painting on the easel before framing

Huntaway farm dog painting framed

Framed in a lovely lattice walnut wood moulding with an iron fillet, which compliments the portrait beautifully

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