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How to Paint an Oil Pet Portrait of Bibo

Oil Pet Portrait of Bibo.

Pet Portrait of Brown Chow Chow

Pet Portrait of Brown Chow Chow

Bibo is a Brown Chow Chow.  I was commissioned by my friend Phylliss to paint Bibo. Laying under my feet, I would go “Bibo raise your head so I can see your beautiful eyes”. Her hair is brown but with beautiful copper colors.

Canvas: 11″x14″.

Instructions and Progression:

  1. Draw and paint the under-paint: It was done in acrylics because they dry faster and it gives you the opportunity to paint immediately. Use a washed of Yellow Ochre, but be sure to saturate the canvas. Also you can draw the eyes with black acrylic.
  2. Paint the background: In his portrait I painted the background in dark colors because I wanted to highlight her beautiful brown/copper hair to show well with contrast.
  3. Continue with Bibo’s face: Put special detail in the eyes, hair and nose. It will give you a better understanding of her features
  4. Paint Bibo’s body: Taking advantage of the texture and the many tones of her hair. The hair was painted with a #1 pro-white brush using it sideways, look at picture.


  1. Titanium White
  2. Flesh, Portrait Pink or Pale Pink
  3. Cadmium Yellow Light
  4. Cadmium Yellow Medium
  5. Yellow Ochre
  6. Raw Sienna
  7. Burnt Sienna
  8. Van Dyck Brown
  9. Alizarin Crimson
  10. Greenish Umber
  11. Thalo Green
  12. Ivory Black

Brushes, multi-purpose, polyvalent, from the finest 0 to 6.
For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Refined Turpentine. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media.
Easel (a simple table metal easel is fine).
Paper towel.
Plastic plate to mix colors or a Paper Palette.

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