3610+ views as of October 8, 2010.


Featured in Animal Portraits, Cats & Dogs, – March 11, 2009, in Paws n Claws June 2009 & in PhoDOGraphy July 27, 2009.

I took the original photo of my friend’s dog last summer with my Canon DSLR at a campsite in Ontario.

I really liked the image but wanted to kick it up a notch :) I redid the entire image in Corel Painter starting with a gentle watercolor blend of the background. I then repainted the entire collar, cloned out some distractions and gave it a vibrant and new red tone. Every single piece of hair on the dog was then painted & blended with watercolor and airbrushes.

A BEFORE & AFTER view can be seen in my comment section
Black & White Version

Pet Portraits

“**ADD RENEE TO YOUR WATCHLIST** ":http://www.redbubble.com/mybubble/watchlist/add...

I love nature, animals & art. I offer on-location, and in studio, family & pet photography sessions in the Bay of Quinte area & commission digital paintings of people & pets worldwide.

View Full Profile


  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldalmost 6 years ago

    oh lordy lordy !…………excellent !

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldalmost 6 years ago

    not sure where excellent went on previous comment dear but this looks like real artwork handpainted,,,,,i’d luv to get this good

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonalmost 6 years ago

  • Mark German
    Mark Germanalmost 6 years ago

    Very nice portrait, Renee.
    Lovely gaze in the dog’s eyes.

  • akaurora
    akauroraalmost 6 years ago

    You’ve done a BEAUTIFUL job Renee, with your friends beautiful lab…truly amazing….keep up the AWESOME work!! Take Care Deb :)

  • AngieM
    AngieMalmost 6 years ago

    this is really beautiful renee!! wonderful work!!! love the comparsion!!! one of the many reasons i love digital is because of all the editing/customizing options!!! :)

  • Nanagahma
    Nanagahmaalmost 6 years ago

    You cleaned him up real well Renee. And I really like how you changed the background and freshened up the collar. Nice job! Fun to see the before and after.

  • Thank you very much Sandy. She had just come out of the water so the light reflecting off her hair really helped me out :)

    – Renee Dawson

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 6 years ago

    OMG….no wonder DH liked it! It is flip’n awesome!! I really like how you left the reflection in his eyes…love the watercolor effects…and the redo of the collar…fabulous!!! 100% improvement and ever so sharp!!

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 6 years ago

    Splendid work, my friend!

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.