Monday, February 4, 2013
I enjoy doing commissions of pets. It is thrilling when people recognize their four-footed friends in my paintings.
This one was done on a dark brown underpainting, and I decided to retain the rich darkness for the background, even though the original photo was taken of the dog against a white kitchen floor. The lighting came from two sides - bright and warm from the left and cooler and a little more subdued from the right - couldn't have posed her better in a studio!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
This portrait is my second try. Both reference photos were taken by me, but the first one was 3/4 view of the face. I worked first in pencil but never got to painting it. The finished pencil portrait is a good likeness of the photo, but not instantly recognizable as the person! This is often a problem in portraiture - the angle chosen does not adequately present the character.
So I began again from my front view photo, which had not been chosen initially because of its very solemn expression. I was finished in only a couple of hours and am pleased to recognize my little friend at a glance!