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Taj Pet Portrait voted Top 10 – Corel® New Masters Portrait Challenge

I’m very proud to announce that my digital painting of my Border Collie dog Taj, has been voted into the Top 10 entries in the Redbubble Corel® New Masters Portrait Challenge. Please click the image below to purchase museum quality fine art prints of this painting. If you enjoy my artwork and photography, please share it with your friends!...

Ralphie – Inspired Dog Pet Portrait Painting

I am finally catching up to date with my blog posts, just a few more to do now:)  This is Ralphie, the first pet portrait I have painted in my “Inspire me to Paint” series. Ralphie was a very special rescue dog and survivor of Hurricane Katrina who passed away in March of this year. Ralphies story submitted by his owner Dana can be read on my facebook page Michelle Wrighton Artist....

Saluki – Graphite Drawing Pet Dog Portrait

I was a very good little blogger and had this post of a black and tan Saluki Dog that I drew in graphite and charcoal all ready to post a day or so after my lamb drawing.  However, life was turned upside down when my little girl was involved in a serious horse riding accident.  She was rushed by air to Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and underwent emergency surgery in the middle...

Border Collie Puppy – Pet Portrait Graphite Drawing

Well I tried very hard to get into my studio to start a painting, but with school holidays, kids, horses, sheep dogs and an assortment of others things (including my little studio laptop that I use to display reference photos dying unexpectedly) I haven’t made it into the studio to actually paint.  The website re-design is also taking up some time, but once that is ready my website will revert back to being a full ‘static’ website with this...

Stormy Dogue – Dogue de Bordeaux Painting

I met this gorgeous Dogue de Bordeaux some time ago at a dog show and new straight away that I would paint his portrait which I have finally managed to do. Actually, I painted him a while ago now, but I’m still playing catch up with my blog! This is digitally hand painted using a Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet and stylus and Corel Painter software. The Dogue de Bordeaux is still a rare breed, but most people will...

Siberian Husky Dog Pet Portrait Painting – Solar

Solar was another beautiful dog that I had the pleasure of photographing several years ago when we still lived in Perth. Sadly, he is no longer with us, but I hope his Siberian Husky spirit still shines through in his pet portrait painting. Before I started Solar’s portrait, I knew that I wanted to put him in a setting suitable for his breed. I only wanted the background to be a subtle suggestion rather than a highly detailed landscape,...

Italian Greyhound Pet Portrait Painting

Italian Greyhounds would have to be one of the most elegant and delicate looking breed of dogs and they have the most beautiful eyes! Italian Greyhounds, or “Iggy’s” as they are affectionately called, are the smallest of the sighthound family and despite their Toy breed classification and companion dog status, many still retain the instinct to chase small animals and birds! The breed has a long and noble history spanning thousands of years.  Mummified remains of dogs similar to...

Border Collie Pet Portrait Painting – Taj

Busy, busy, busy!  That’s the story of my life, and the reason I don’t update my blog as frequently as I intend to:)  Better than being bored I suppose;) I have several pieces that I have been working on to add here, and a couple that I am still working on that are not coming together the way I want them too.  Ones a horse and rider and the other one is a dog portrait.  Sometimes a piece just...

American Staffordshire Terrier Oil Painting Honoured

My original oil painting of ‘Angel’ the American Staffordshire Terrier was featured as Today’s Best product on Zazzle – considering that Zazzle has millions of unique designs this really is a huge honour! When I painted “Angel” I really wanted to portray the loyal, loving devotion that these beautiful dogs have towards their family when they are bred and raised by ethical, responsible people. Unfortunately not all American Staffordshire Terriers and Pit Bull Terriers are as lucky as “Angel”...

The working bred Border Collie instints are very strong, even when the dog has never worked sheep before.

Farm Life – Dorper Sheep and Border Collies

Today we officially became farmers (even if only on a very small scale!) and bought home our first sheep, a small flock of Dorpers.  After a fair bit of research we decided on Dorpers as the most appropriate breed as they are a hardy breed and require less maintenance for shearing and crutching than wool breeds like merino’s because they actually have hair instead of wool and are self shearing.  Dorper meat is lean and much less fatty than...