Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Borzoi portrait

I found this unusual-sized canvas in a discount bucket in the art shop, sadly neglected because it was grubby. It is 12" x 6" x 1.5" and when I saw it, for some reason, I immediately pictured a Borzoi. The grubby problem was easily solved with a wipe down with white spirit and then I had good fun painting this beautiful and elegant dog.

The Borzoi was originally the hound-of-choice for Russian nobility. They were developed by crossing the Arabian Greyhound with other longer haired Russian sheepdogs. The dogs were called Russian Wolfhounds in America up until 1936 when the name was changed to "Borzoi," coming from the Russian word ”borzii,” which means swift. Fierce on the hunt, this sighthound was used for hundreds of years to hunt wolves, fox and hare in the open plains of Russia. 

The painting, being on deep edge canvas, is painted on all sides and does not need to be framed.

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