December 4, 2011

Cane Corso, the Italian Mastiff - acrylic dog painting

"Ettore"
9" x 12" 
Acrylic on canvas panel
Art Prints
Ettore is a very black dog that belongs to my family in Italy. I hear stories about this smart and friendly puppy all the time I call home, from what they tell me he’s such a handful! My family always had German Shephards, and this is the first “different” dog in the household, his breed is Cane Corso, an Italian tipe of Mastiff. 

I asked for some pictures of him and he’s so cute that I couldn’t resist painting him. The fun part is that I did not use any black paint. I’m curious to hear what my family thinks about this portrait, did I get the personality of a dog I never met?

 
We do not see things as they are. 
We see them as we are.
Talmud 

6 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful!! I love that you have used these gorgeous colours and he does look black! I think you should enter this for this weeks DPW challenge to paint your pet.

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  2. Thank you Azra for your lively comment. I submitted it to the DPW challenge. :)

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  3. Ettore, "Hector?" is a perfect dog and painting.
    congratulazioni,Robie!

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  4. Yes, Hector is the perfect translation of Ettore. About the painting being perfect... that's a huge compliment.:) Thanks Sylviane!

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  5. sooo cute!! not using black works so well! and the background really makes the blues and purples really jump off the canvas. adorable!

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  6. Thank you for the compliments Suzanne! You are very kind.
    And I'm glad you find the background choice successful. :)

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