The Evolution of Sofie

I recently had the pleasure of painting a client’s Shih-Tsu.  Her name was Sofie, and mine is Sophia (often shortened to Sophie), so it seemed like fate had brought me to this project.  I also fell in love with the happy expression on this adorable dog.  And so I went to work.

This was the painting after I applied the initial shadows and started playing with color.  I pined over which “creative” colors to use and found it helpful to layer some colorful lines over the original photo I had of Sofie via Pixlr (a photo editing tool I highly recommend).  Pink, blue and yellow seemed to highlight the happy expression on my subject and gave the painting some brightness.


Here I had added more color and more color and then some more color.  I wanted a good saturation, particularly of the blue and then I tipped up the piece to let some of the colors run along the bottom.  Now the party was getting fun!


Lastly, we have the final piece!  Sofie, with her personality bursting all around her and a smile donning her sweet face.