Tuesday, April 14, 2009

French Bulldog

Size: 11 x 14 inches
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Stretched canvas

It took me about two weeks to finish this piece, because I was interrupted by a couple of small jobs (which actually pay bills).

While painting this, I was wondering what this dog was thinking. What makes him look so sad? Do they always look like this? They sure are more expressive than cats.

27 comments:

Mona said...

Wow, Akiko. This is really gorgeous (as always, but somehow you keep upping the anti!) Masterful use of pink in this painting. Kudos.

Edward Burton said...

An absolutely stunning painting, Akiko! He has such a wonderful expression.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Sensational!! When I first saw it come up on the screen I thought it was a photo! Really gorgeous with far more depth than a photo could ever achieve!!

Lori M Rowe said...

Akiko, you painting just blows me away! As stated above, I have to loke twice to make sure it's not a photo! I just can't say anough wonderful things about your work.

Kathleen Coy said...

I'm jumping up and down, Akiko!!! Ok, not right this second, because I am typing, but I was! WOW!!! This is amazing! I knew you were a master at painting cats, but this just blows me away! I love everything about it! His ears, his feet, his muzzle and his wrinkles, the fur on his face... The floor is great too, it really sets him off. And you truly are my hero at painting eyes! I just want to hug you for bringing this beautiful creation into the world! :-)

dominique eichi said...

Wow, I absolutely love your cats but........... this precious one is fantastic. You captured him so well.
Just beautiful, My hat off to you.

Lara Harris said...

Wow, this is unbelievable Akiko!Your attention to detail is unsurpassed!

Sheila said...

Kawaii!!!!!!

I love Frenchies! Oh Akiko-san. This is such a masterpiece. I even am in awe of the tiny reflection on the wood floor.

Anata wa e no kamisama desu!

James Parker said...

Mercy me, Akiko, you are awesome. This is absolutely fantastic. It is photo quality...and the wood is terrific!!!

Michelle Burnett said...

This is breathtaking Akiko. He is so sweet. I also noticed the wood and reflection on the floor. It's so interesting to look at all the fine detail.

artbyakiko said...

Mona, thank you! The pink part on the ref photo was a little pale, so I gave him more red. I think he looks cuter this way. :)

Edward thank you so much!

Gail, when I saw the ref photo, I fell in love and had to paint him.

Lori,thanks for your compliments!

Kathleen, I'm glad that you like the painting! You are too kind!

artbyakiko said...

Dominique, thank you so much!

Lara, thank you! I'm humbled. Your dog paintings are fantastic.

Sheila, thank you for noticing the reflection. I was not sure if I put enough reflection.

Jame, thanks! I'm not good at wood, but I think this one came out alright.

Michelle, thank you for checking out the details. There is so much more I can do, but at least it looks done. lol After posting this picture, I noticed that his left arm needs more shadow. I might work on that.

Vern Schwarz said...

Akiko, this is just plain old fabulous. You are an amazing talent, and I can't believe how you consistently raise the bar with these paintings.

Joanne said...

Hi Akiko,
You can even make a French Bulldog look great!!!! I mean GREAT!!!! Such a joy to visit your blog and take in the beauty you create. As always, I want to be like you when I grow up. :-)

Mona said...

P.S. Akiko, I have started a new blog award and you are one of the first recipients. Come and pick it up on The Ruby Slippers, and congratulations too on all these rave reviews, well-deserved!

artbyakiko said...

Vern, thank you so much! You are too kind.

Joanne, what a nice compliment! I'm blushing... Thank you!

Mona, thanks! I've just copied the award. :)

Erika Nelson said...

I love bulldogs! Another stunning painting, I love everything about it! Was it a commission?

Jala Pfaff said...

Oh my god, this is so great!!

Jala Pfaff said...

P.S.
Perhaps he's thinking, "I know I'm pretty cute, but how come CATS are so much more elegant than we are?"

sam said...

Hehe thats a lovely expression. You always impress me with your skill in painting cats, and you have done just the same with this bulldog. They do have such character don't they, maybe its all those wrinkles!

artbyakiko said...

Hi Erika! This is not a commission. I'm thinking about entering this into competitions.

Jala, thank you! Maybe you're right. He is jealous of cats. lol

Sam, thanks for your compliment! I love his expression, too.

pencilportraits said...

Fantastic portrait, love this one

adebanji said...

Amazing!

Dean Grey said...

Akiko!

Your miniature art is always flawless. Your larger works are even more amazing....if that's possible!

"French Bulldog" is absolute PERFECTION!

I cannot say anything bad about this one.

Great composition! Excellent likeness and facial expression! Super-detailed!

The pinks in the ears, the grays, blacks, and whites in the fur, and the warm browns on the wood floor all work together.

Amazingly good job on the highlights in the nails, the eyes, the bottom lip, and the reflection of the paws on the floor.

I've said it before and I'll say it again....

Akiko makes the impossible possible!

-Dean

artbyakiko said...

Karie-Ann, thanks for your visit.

Adebanji, thanks!

Dean thanks for your compliments! Really appreciate it.

Carolee said...

Absolute, jaw dropping STUNNING, right down to the perfect reflection in the floorboards....

You're seriously amazing!

~ Carolee

lecartedimauri said...

very good!!hello,Mauri

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