Painting A Picture of The Dog Buster

Painting a picture of a dog is a nostalgic and creative project paying tribute to your four-legged friend that has departed. As the years go by I miss my dogs more and more, so I look at their pictures to remember the good times. My dogs were the bulwarks of my youth, providing much joy and understanding that could not always be found among people my own age since I did not go through the rebellious teen years. When I was young I was no social butterfly, but I certainly did not warm up to every dog easily. I love a cute a fuzzy dog as much as the next person, but I also had some traumatic experiences with aggressive dogs that chased me down the street. Thus, when I first met Lady dog I was scared of her, but that was really quite silly, as I would soon come to discover. Lady, also known as the bread dog, would bring thirteen years of amazing joy to my life.

Buster was her beloved son of Lady dog, and my banana nut bread colored dog who was of Siberian-Boxer admixture was adorable. I called Lady the bread dog because of her fondness for starchy processed food, but I nicknamed Buster banana nut bread because that was the shade of his fur. People were a little mean to him at times - screaming at him not to bark, yet they were more shrill and loud than his beautiful howl ever was. You can disagree with me, but I actually love the sound of a barking dog, especially since that is their form of communication. Also, I find it extremely rude when people walk past your house with several dogs, and then scream at your dog for barking. Never mind that their dogs began the barking, and your dog was simply barking back. The times when people taunted Buster are aggravating to recall, but there were definitely more good memories than bad, such as how Buster's other nickname was diplodog for his penchant of shaking hands. All these years later I still love my dogs, and this painting of Buster was creating in his loving memory. As soon as it dries I will have a beautiful piece of art for my wall.

My painting of Buster the dog.
My painting of Buster the dog. | Source

Step One: Add The Pink Collar

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Here I decided to make Buster's collar pink.In the picture Buster's collar was green, but with painting you can improvise, and make your own color selections!
Here I decided to make Buster's collar pink.
Here I decided to make Buster's collar pink. | Source
In the picture Buster's collar was green, but with painting you can improvise, and make your own color selections!
In the picture Buster's collar was green, but with painting you can improvise, and make your own color selections! | Source

In this step I decided to paint Buster's collar pink. Yes, in the original photograph is collar was green, but the lovely thing about painting means you get to choose your own colors. Watch the Youtube video below to hear more about why I decided to make Buster's collar pink. You are welcome to view more of my videos over on Youtube if you would like to keep up with my arts and crafts tutorials, and the other videos I create.


Step Two: Paint The Background

Here I am beginning to paint Buster's background.
Here I am beginning to paint Buster's background. | Source

Here I used blue, white, and light green paint to achieve a turquoise colored background. I used a larger brush to create even strokes.  Paint thinner was useful when it came to thinning out, and mixing enough paint to fill up the background, which I did change from the original picture of Buster.

Step Three: The Painting Is Finished

Here is the final painting of Buster.
Here is the final painting of Buster. | Source

Here I have finished painting Buster, and I feel very satisfied about it. Allow your oil painting to sit and dry for a couple of weeks before moving. Once the painting was dried I hanged it on my wall, which you can see in the first photograph of this hub. Watch the Youtube video bellow to hear more about how I painted my dog.

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Sweetie Pie-I voted 'yes'-that I enjoy oil painting-but only as an art lover! I am no artist. This is a very touching hub, and I think your portrait of Buster is beautiful.

When you wrote of dogs barking, I remembered something my husband once pointed out to me...It's their JOB! :o)


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A really lovely hub and an unusual but adorable painting. Thank you for sharing.


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advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

Hello! What a cool painting! You are an excellent artist!

I also like how you made the YouTube videos yourself. I don't know how to do that!


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Pete Maida 6 years ago

You are multi-talented; that is really cool. I think my wife is going to take an art class in January. Since she retired she has been looking for a good hobby and she did a bit of painting in her younger days.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I love this picture of Buster. Good job!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Good deal, Sweetie Pie. You've got some gifts and are using them your own way, and sharing them with US! Thank you.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

lorlie,

I think your husband is right about how it is a dog's job to bark. To me it is almost cruel to scream at them for barking, and I love the sound of it really. Thanks for the compliment on my painting.

Hello, hello,

Yeah the painting is unusual in many ways, and sometimes I just paint that way. Thanks for commenting.

advisor4qb,

I just hit the record button, and I bought this camera for Target for $180 dollars. It records both high definition videos, and takes 8 mega pixel pictures. The high definition videos are not true high definition, but this camera does an excellent job, and it is cheap. I saw this same camera for sale on amazon for around hundred dollars, so you can definitely find some good deals this holiday season.

Pete,

I would like to take more art classes in the future, but for now I am just having fun painting on my own. You know when I was looking at the local community colleges they offer some really affordable courses, so I would definitely recommend your wife take a look at a few of those.

Alekhouse,

Thank you for the comment!

Paradise,

I think it is good we all use our talents in our own ways, very true!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Just beautiful: his eyes are so alive!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I really appreciate that Tatjana!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

SweetiePie you have done a great job and it seems obvious that you loved Buster very much.

btw. U3A is an organization worth looking at for courses!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Agvulpes,

Yes I loved Buster very much. What is U3A by the way?


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

SweetiePie U3A its an organization which I believe originated in America. It is "University of the Third Age" where older people getting into their third age can go along and acquire and pass on skills on a voluntary basis. The only fees are an annual fee which here is about $40. Perhaps I should do a Hub on the subject, what do you think?


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Agvulpes,

U3A sounds really helpful, and I definitely think you should write a hub about it. Might be a popular topic even :).


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Army Infantry Mom 6 years ago

I really like the way Busters painting turned out,... Thanks for showing people the fun in painting,...

Nice to go to a hub that isn't about World politics for a change.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Army Infantry Mom,

Whereas politics can be interesting, I am trying to write less about it. I like my niche art, and I write about it over on the examiner too.


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Army Infantry Mom 6 years ago

Awesome,...I haven't never heard of the examiner,.. I'll have to check it out some time,.. I totally love art and crafts.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Army Infantry Mom,

The Examiner.com is this really cool site where you can write short articles about the niche comment you apply to write about. You can even suggest a topic if they do not already offer it. I even saw they have specific celebrity examiners, and to me that would seem hard to write about.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Painting A Picture of The Dog Buster amazing and so beautifully approached.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the comments you have made about my Buster painting.

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