GUEST DOODLEWASH: Painting Pets

This awesome collection of doodlewashed dogs comes to us from Rachel in New Orleans, Louisiana (follow her on Instagram!). From top left and moving clockwise, meet Lola & Deuce (sort of a double doodlewash!), Charlie (great name this one!), Wilson (seriously, those eyes!!), and Rambler (oh you need a tummy scratch!). 

Rachel is originally from California where she studied art in college. Now she teaches visual arts to K-4th grade at an elementary school in New Orleans. For as long as she can remember, she has always loved animals and painting.

Kitty in a Cup

“I love animals,” she says, “because they are sweet, innocent and sometimes hilarious! I enjoy trying to capture their unique personalities in my paintings. I’m currently a foster mom to a 4 week old kitten, Delilah. She inspires me every day because, even though she was separated from her mom prematurely, she’s still growing, curious and full of love!” (okay… a kitty in a cup? That’s the cutest thing on the planet!)

Recently Rachel got the idea to combine her two loves and start her own pet portrait business! Each portrait is painted on 140lb watercolor paper using a combination of watercolor paint and ink at a size of 8×8″ (unless otherwise specified).

She begins her process by examining the photo(s) of the furry friend provided to her by the families who are commissioning portraits. Rachel says, “I use a light tracer to mark the top/bottom of the animal as well as lights and darks. Then I sketch the animal in ink (never did have patience for pencil sketches) before switching over to watercolors. As far as painting, I use several different layers and brushes to get the desired fur textures and hues.”

If you’d like to have Rachel doodlewash your furry best friend, click here to learn how to get your very own (and extremely affordable) custom pet portrait! And if you’d like to see more of her art (of the non-animal persuasion), be sure to check out this area of her website. Thanks so much for being a guest doodlewasher, Rachel, and best of luck on your new venture!

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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
27 Comments
  1. Thanks for sharing – I will check Rachel out! Her work is wonderful.

  2. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Awww, cute things! I have drawn one of my cats before, but had never done a piece on either my other cat or my dog. Now that they’re both dead, I’ll have to pull up some photos to do their portraits. A PSA: draw your fur babies while they’re still alive and can pose for you! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww yes..❤️.you’re making me want to draw mine right now!! 😊you need to pull out those photos and doodlewash them, Teresa!

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Yeah, I’ll put that on my impossibly long list of things to do! ;D

  3. Catherine Johnson 2 years ago

    These are fabulous!

  4. Carol King 2 years ago

    Wow, Rachel’s work is great. I love all her animals, but those two dogs in the tub slay me.

    Charlie, You are the ambassador of blogland. Thank you for bringing so many people together and of course for showing all of your fab work.

    • Author

      Thanks Carol! ❤️😃Awww…the ambassador of blogland?! What a cool title!! 😎 I just love meeting and connecting creative people. It’s how I learn new things! 😊

  5. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    The black lab Wilson is my fav 🙂 Great guest post!

  6. Snehal Kank 2 years ago

    Pets! My all time favorite! Wonderful work Rachel! Thanks Charlie 🙂

  7. Kari 2 years ago

    So cute! I will be following on IG!

  8. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Rachel captures the soul of her animal portraits in their eyes. Wonderful art Rachel. Thank you Charlie!

  9. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    I think pets are not easy subjects to draw or paint – Rachel’s pet portraits are AMAZING! Thanks Charlie for sharing such a talented artist! 🙂

  10. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    Love love love these Doodlewashed doggie portraits. I’m a doggie mom to 3 (I wish I could paint them) thanks for sharing these!

  11. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Beautiful portraits…the two in the tub are adorable! Great feature, thank you for sharing.

  12. ann christina 2 years ago

    Awwww, those are so cute!!! Thanks for another amazing portrait, Charlie!!! 😊

  13. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    So charming and such lovely portraits! Thank you for sharing her with us. Charlie!

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