Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Oil painting of a miniature dachshund and a Work In Progress

10" x 14" oil on linen canvas 

I thought this evening I'd post a painting and a work in progress of it for those interested to see a little of the process involved in creating an oil painting, or I should say, my way of creating an oil painting! I'm really not sure - is it possible to have a more appealing expression than this little dog has? I don't think so! I hope you enjoy the painting!


Monday, 20 March 2017

Presentation of the painting of Crufts Best In Show 2016 the Westie Ch Burneze Georgie Girl

Crufts - March 9th 2017

Following on from my previous post here is another photograph from Crufts where I presented the Kennel Club Arts Foundation with a portrait of Crufts Best In Show 2016, the West Highland White Terrier, Champion Burneze Geordie Girl (Devon). 

In the photo are Tom Mather, the Chairman of the Kennel Club Arts Foundation, Marie Burns with the lovely Devon, my painting and me.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Oil painting of Crufts Best In Show 2016 winner - the Westie Devon

 Ch Burneze Geordie Girl - Devon
Best In Show Crufts 2016
20" x 16" oil on canvas

Painting Presentation at Crufts 9 March 2016

Last year I was delighted to be approached by the Kennel Club Arts Foundation and asked if I would paint the 2016 Crufts Best In Show winner, the lovely Devon - Ch Burneze Geordie Girl. Last Thursday I went to Crufts to take part in the presentation of the painting to Devon's owner, Marie Burns. Here are some photos from the show and of course of the portrait. I hope you like them!


Monday, 27 February 2017

Weimaraner puppy oil painting

8" x 10" oil on artists cradled board

A small oil painting today of a weimaraner puppy. 

The painting was commissioned by someone for their friend who sadly lost this little girl at a very young age. It's always upsetting when starting on a painting of a deceased pet and even more so when they have been lost at an age when they should have their whole life in front of them. I hope though that this painting will in a small way, bring her back for her owner.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Miniature Poodle Watercolour Painting

Watercolour painting of chocolate miniature poodle on Saunders Waterford NOT paper

 Another watercolour painting today, this time of a smashing miniature poodle. I think maybe poodles aren't appreciated by some for being the lively and extremely intelligent dogs they are (and they come in a different size to suit everyone!) 

It is a common misconception that poodles originate from France but they were actually water retrievers in Germany 'pudels'. Their lower bodies were shaved to stop their heavy coats from being water-logged but the long coat over the front of the body and chest 'mane' was left to protect the vital organs and owners left long hair around the joints to protect them from injury and rheumatism. 

This handsome young man is not only an adored pet but is also the first chocolate miniature poodle to have been made a UK Champion for nine years! An accolade indeed! I always enjoy painting poodles and I hope you enjoy seeing 'Mr Brown'.


Friday, 10 February 2017

Watercolour Dalmatian dog portrait painting

Watercolour Dalmatian - Otto - on Saunders Waterford NOT paper

Another Dalmatian today but this time slightly different as I'm going to also show a WIP (work in progress just in case anyone was wondering). This boy was painted in watercolours - I hope you like him. 😊


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Oil painting of a Dalmatian dog

Jazz - Dalmatian oil on canvas

I shall be trying to catch up on showing you paintings which were completed last year and which I simply didn't have time to share. They will be in no specific order. I hope you'll enjoy them. 

What do they mean to me? Well, they are all my 'babies' and I've never finished a painting and not loved the dog (or other animal) painted. I put my heart into them and try with all my might to make them live, whether or not they still breathe.❤️ Today's painting is a Dalmatian, a glorious dog.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Oil painting of a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog

Che - Rhodesian Ridgeback oil on canvas (8" x 10")

Well I've been very dilatory about posting here, but promise to do better! :)

To start with here is a boy who I think you'll all agree with me, is a most gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback. He is painted in oils - handsome Che. I hope you all like him! 


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Silent Night Christmas Card

Silent Night Christmas Card

This painting came up in my 'memories' on Facebook today on my personal page and so I thought I'd share it here now. One of my favourites - if you look on my Facebook page (Anne Zoutsos Artist) it's my profile picture! It features my darling Angel. It's available to purchase as cards and prints here: 


Friday, 22 July 2016

Watching - Jaguar oil painting

14" x 10" oil on canvas

Please contact for availability

Based on a photo by Gary Jones

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Weimaraner oil portrait

Weimaraner, Yenko - oil on canvas - 9" x 9"

When the friends of Yenko's owner saw her distress at her death, they decided to club together for a painting to celebrate Yenko's life. It is always a privilege to try and bring a beloved dog back to 'life' for an owner and a great responsibility which I don't take lightly. Sadly I cannot truly bring them back to life, but I do my best to instil into a painting an essence of what the owner used to see in their eyes. 

RIP Yenko


Monday, 4 April 2016

Whippet oil painting

14" x 10" oil on canvas

A painting which is a little different to the usual portrait. I really like the way this oil painting has turned out even though the whippet's brindle colouring was a challenge and was very hard work! I hope you all think that work was worthwhile😊

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Rhodesian Ridgeback portrait watercolour painting

Watercolour on Saunders Waterford NOT paper

I must admit I find it hard to keep up with posting my paintings online when I'm so busy painting them! Nevertheless here is one - a watercolour on this occasion. It couldn't be clearer from the expression of this Rhodesian Ridgeback what a truly kind and loving boy he was. I know his owner misses him very much. RIP Alfie.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Lion cubs reference photo

As I promised yesterday, here is the reference photo for the lion cubs painting. I was asked to paint a black background and make the cubs more colourful and dramatic, which is what I hope I achieved! 


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Lion cubs oil painting

24" x 18" oil on canvas

This was a nice change from the usual type of commission and I very much enjoyed painting these two. There was a challenge as I was requested to give the painting more colour and variety than the reference photograph - not the easiest thing to do but it was fun! Tomorrow I will share the original photograph for you to see the difference.


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Website Down

Please note that has been down since yesterday. There seems to be no-one available at the hosting company today but hopefully it will be back up and running by Monday.


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Dalmatian oil portrait - Ziggy

12" x 16" oil on canvas

This evening's painting is another lovely Dalmatian. This gorgeous boy lived a very long and much loved happy life. There is not much more we can hope for our dogs.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Standard Poodle Oil Painting Portrait

8" x 10" oil on cradled panel

This standard poodle was diagnosed with a serious illness a few years ago and it seemed unlikely he would survive. However, the combination of skilled surgeons, devoted owners and his own indomitable spirit meant he survived to enjoy a happy and full life. 

Sadly all good things must come to an end. RIP Louis.


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Watercolour Dalmatian portrait (Peanut)

16" x 20" watercolour on Saunders Waterford NOT

Well I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year and in fact is still having a good new year! I started 2016 with a sickly computer and a sickly me. Neither of us was seriously ill but it did make posting too difficult to struggle with. However, we are now both back and fully fit!

I'm hoping to get back to posting regularly now and if you have any comments or there is anything you'd like to see or have discussed,  please let me know.

As I say under the painting, this lovely Dalmatian was painted on Saunders Waterford NOT. For those of you new to this blog and not familiar with watercolour papers, you might wonder what NOT stands for. It actually means NOT hot pressed. Hot pressed watercolour paper is very smooth as opposed to rough watercolour paper which is.... yes, you guessed it, rough. NOT fits in between the two. I use Saunders Waterford as I find it a forgiving paper, meaning that it is possible to be relatively rough with it. I always suggest to people new to watercolours, that they pop along to their local art shop and buy a selection of different papers to see which they like best and which suits their style of painting best. I find Saunders Waterford paper to be like Baby Bear's porridge in Goldilocks and The Three Bears, that is, just right! 


Sunday, 1 November 2015

Belgian Shepherd Dog - Groenendael

16" x 20" Watercolour 

Having been negligent of this blog for so long, it's quite difficult to try and catch up and at the same time of course this is a very busy time of year for artists. So this is my excuse for my postings, some of which are going to be rather brief! Please accept my apologies.

The above painting was one of three Groenendaels painted earlier this year. They were commissioned as a surprise gift so a lot of secrecy was involved! 

If you do have any questions you'd like to ask me, do feel free to either comment below or email me and I will get back to you, or if your query is of general interest, will publish it in this blog.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Dalmatian in oils - Bailey

Oils on canvas - 16" x 12"

I told the following brief story on my facebook page (Anne Zoutsos Artist) and thought I'd share it with you all too.

When I was little I heard a story about a man who carved beautiful little horses. One day he carved one which was so perfect, it galloped away. It is my hope that one day one of my paintings will bark... 

This very handsome Dalmatian, painted in oils, is greatly missed by his devoted owner. RIP Bailey.


Monday, 26 October 2015

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel oil portrait

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Barney. 16" x 20" oil on canvas

Some dogs have such sweet expressions, all you want to do is hug them and that's exactly how I felt when I was painting Barney. Such a darling face. 

I was very upset to learn of Barney's passing shortly before his owners received his portrait but was gratified that at least it brought some comfort to them. RIP Barney.


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Standard Long Haired Dachshund

20" x 16" watercolour - Aus Ch Laurieton His Masters Voice

Today's post is of a very handsome standard long haired dachshund. Not only a gorgeous looking dog but also one in stunning condition and looking so healthy. A real pleasure to paint! For those who are wondering what Aus Ch means, it is Australian Champion.

At the moment I'm wondering whether I should migrate this blog over to Wordpress and wonder if anyone has any views on this? I'm also unhappy with Feedblitz which sends this post by email to subscribers. I'm unhappy with it because of all the advertising plastered over the email but I'm not sure if there is a good alternative. I suppose I should research more but there are only so many hours in the day and at the moment most of them are taken up with painting. Talking of which, I must get back to it now!

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Dalmatian oil painting - Tia

20" x 16" oil on canvas

As regular readers will know, I haven't got my blog postings properly organised yet, but I'm getting there!

Meanwhile, another Dalmatian for you. A sad story as this young girl, so full of life and living, was diagnosed as suffering from leukaemia and her life ended at the very premature age of 6. She is still greatly missed by her owner. RIP sweetheart. 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Luca - Dalmatian Oil Portrait Painting

14" x 10" oil on canvas

Hmm, not wonderfully organised at updating my blog yet! Well, early days... 

Today I'm sharing an oil painting completed a few months ago. I really enjoyed painting this boy - it was fun to have a different pose from usual. I think it probably goes without saying that I do love the expression in his eyes and spent a long time getting them just as I wanted. I hope you agree that it was worth the time! 

The portrait was commissioned by his breeder in the UK as a gift for his owner - what a lovely gesture. 
This boy is alive and well and lives with his owner in France.  

If you have any questions or would like to discuss commissioning a painting please email me at (now booking into the New Year)