Roxy the Keeshond

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Keeshond portrait in watercolor
Roxy, 9″ x 12″ watercolor

Roxy is a 14 year old Keeshond. The client was ordering this for her sister as a gift. I am sure it will be a wonderful surprise. This portrait presented a challenge. Most of the photos were small and blurry. I chose this one photo because I thought it showed the best expression. But it had two problems: the eyes were blown out from a flash and she was licking her nose. So I had to make up the eyes and nose trying to use the other photos as a reference (they weren’t much help). Here is the photo I worked from:

Keeshond licking her nose

So as you can see, I have the ability to create some things. Ex. If you don’t want a collar in the portrait, I can usually take it out. I might be able to add things in as well. It all depends on the portrait and reference material. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have high quality photos to work from. The outcome of the portrait depends on how much detail I can see from the photo. It really is my goal to make your portrait look better than the photo. 

I didn’t know what breed of dog this was until I did this portrait. According to the American Kennel Club, “the Keeshond descended from the same arctic strains as the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Norwegian Elkhound, Finnish Spitz and Pomeranian. The Kees was originally served as a watchdog on riverboats, barges and farms. Especially popular in Holland in the late 1700’s, the breed also became a symbol of the Dutch Patriot political party and its leader Kees de Gyselaer, who owned a dog named Kees and gave the breed its name. When the Patriots were defeated, the Keeshond became rare in Holland until it was revived a century later, when it also began appearing in England and America.”

I guess you learn something everyday!