Painting Pet Portraits


Art League Studio Fri, Jul 8, 2022 9:30 AM



Workshop description

Learn to paint pet portraits, step-by-step, from photo reference. Glenn will demonstrate his approach and guide you as you paint your pet or paint the same pet as Glenn. You can then use this approach for painting your pet. You will also learn the secrets of the old masters to draw the subject more accurately on your painting surface. Glenn will demonstrate in watercolor and talk about how the oil painters should adjust their oil paint to dry quicker, (use odorless mineral spirits, paint in thin washes and avoid white in the initial layers.

Each day, Glenn will demonstrate each step and then pause as the students will complete that step in capturing a realistic likeness.

If you are painting your own pet, you will need an 8" x 10" photo of your pet. The image needs to be sharp and show the patterns and direction of hair growth. If you choose to paint the same subject as Glenn, he will provide you with the sharp photo, as well as another copy to use for drawing and a transfer sheet to get the image on your painting surface.

Classes each day are from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm with an hour off for lunch.

Glenn Cernosek Bio

Glenn currently lives in the Austin, Texas area. He has been painting for the past 45 years and specializes in realistic pet portraits and tropical painting. All of his paintings are in a photo realistic style. He chooses to paint in a realistic style because he enjoys painting detail; it puts him in a meditative state while painting. He believes that all the detail gives the viewer more to look at.

Glenn paints primarily in watercolor and gouache but occasionally in oil. Workshop participants can paint with transparent watercolor with white gouache or all gouache or acrylic if you are experienced with acrylics. You can see his paintings on the web at

Five of his tropical watercolor paintings have been featured on the sets of the CBS TV series: Hawaii-5-0 and Magnum, P.I. One of his oil paintings, "1851 Colt Navy Revolver" is featured in an exhibit at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas.

Glenn has exhibited his paintings in many art competitions, including:

2021 Dolores Price Award - 51st Annual Watercolor Society of South Texas Exhibition

2018 Merit Award - 40th Annual Waterloo Watercolor Group Exhibit

2017 12th Juried International Guild of Realism for an oil painting

2016, 1992 & 1988 International Exhibition - Watercolor Art Society - Houston

Other previous exhibitions:

Waterloo Watercolor Group

American Watercolor Society

Watercolor Art Society – Houston

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies

Arts For The Parks, Jackson, Wyoming