Cute Pet Portrait in Oils – Final Touches

In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. In this session we will be adding some final glazes and details.

Reference Image:


  • Canvas
  • Brushes (one medium and two small)
  • Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)
  • Linseed Oil
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Palette Cup

Oil Paint

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow


  • Begin this final session by thickly oiling in the entire piece.
  • This will ensure that all the colours are deep and fully saturated as well as providing a smooth surface to lay details and glazes into.
  • Look for minor details like whiskers, smaller patches of textures and the smallest forms.
  • You will likely find that pure black glazed into the shadows will be a helpful way to add detail effectively.
  • That’s it – I hope you all enjoyed this series!