Australian Shepherd by BarbBarcikKeith

15×20 watercolor with a little help from watercolor pencils and pastels. Original available.

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The breed’s general appearance varies greatly independent from the particular line’s emphasis. As with many working breeds that are also shown in the ring, there are differences of opinion among breeders over what makes an ideal Australian shepherd. In addition the breed can be split into two distinct lines – working and show dogs. Working dogs tend to have shorter coats (utility coat), and can have small, medium or heavy bone structures, while both are bred according to the breed standard the show lines tend to have longer, fuller coats (show coat), more white, and a heavier-boned structure.

The Australian shepherd is a medium sized breed of solid build. The ASCA standard calls for the Australian shepherd to stand between 18-23 inches at the withers, females being 18-21 inches and males measuring 20-23 inches, however, quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size (info from Wikipedia).

  • Complete 05-13-2011 in 10.17 hours spread over 7 days

I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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  • virginian
    virginianalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful art and details. They are beautiful dogs. A fave.

  • Ladymoose
    Ladymoosealmost 4 years ago

    Love it:-)

  • Sarah Trett
    Sarah Trettalmost 4 years ago

    Ooh stunning watercolour love this :)

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganalmost 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful heart strings tugging face and expression, Barb. You are an amazing talent.

  • ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey
    ♥⊱ B. Randi Ba...almost 4 years ago

    So fine! I’d love to see this dog in real life-those markings under the eye are so interesting, visually. Truly remarkable dog and work!

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonalmost 4 years ago


  • MoniqueGeurts
    MoniqueGeurtsalmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • MaryStewart
    MaryStewartalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful work.

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 4 years ago
  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your Feature in ART & COLLECTABLES!!!! What an awesome image. honored to be among you :)))))

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