Marley The Neapolitan Mastiff by Dawn McGuire

Marley The Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff breed (also called the Italian Mastiff) is a massive, imposing, dog breed
The Neapolitan Mastiff breed can be traced back to around 100 BC. The breed is descended from the Molossus, they are very large Middle Eastern war and guard dogs. Can you believe the Romans would pit Neapolitan Mastiffs against lions, leopards, bears, and gladiators in the arena. The Roman legions spread the breed throughout Europe as they used them as "dogs of war." Which breaks my heart because they are naturally in nature so so sweet and only want to be loved and petted.

I painted this portrait of Marley who died not long ago for my friend who still cannot speak of him without feeling very upset. As a child I would have been totally terrified by their incredible size and not so good looking features, but if they are cared for and trained properly they are one of the most loveable majestic and protective dogs in the world.

She has another one called 'Much' who sits over my knee and her knees at the same time He is Massive!. I am so touched by their natural gentleness and loyalty and their incredible magnificent form.

This is my first attempt at a dog taken from a photograph and it took 6-7 hours. Any crits or comments or tips are always very much appreciated.: )
Hi Dawn, I love your portrait of Marley, the colours you have used are fantastic and the softness in your style make him even more appealing, I love it!
over 4 years ago
beautiful dog. very dignified, i like the blue, the wrikles, the ear... woof
over 3 years
Hello Dawn dearest :) This work is soooo cute :) well done.
over 2 years
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Dawn McGuireHello Beautiful People.. x

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Is it really so hard to give substance in an abstract or it is just because is my first try? Any comments and suggestions much appreciated. Thanks so much!
Love this Christina. So good for a first attempt at abstract. I find them very hard as I always tray to make them into something recognizable. Love the bright... view answer
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