The lighting on this dreary day is not cooperating with my attempts at getting a clear pic, but it’s a quick update. I still have to do the muzzle and white, and all of the highlights (which are everywhere, and cast a soft white outline around her ears and shoulder, too) – especially her eyes.Continue reading “Addie (Almost Done)”
and highlights appear.
There is this odd hesitation that I have between the sketch and the underpainting, as though it’s not just the quick, playful application of paint to map out the colors. Ah, well; it’s mapped out now, and I can start to apply the real paint. Background will change to a deep red to help theContinue reading “Addie (underpainting)”
Sometimes I’m impatient and start painting before the sketch is well laid out, and those are the paintings where I waste a lot of time standing back from the easel and looking at proportions and shapes and comparing to the photo and just basically driving myself crazy. This will not be one of those.
One day a couple of years ago, I was hiking with my own dog and a camera, and crossed paths with a dog walker running a pack of dogs. They carried on, barely even stopping to sniff my own dog and say hey; but one of them, a little puggle, stopped in front of meContinue reading “Molly identified”
All along, this painting was called “Monty & Friends” because, well, that’s Monty there with his horse friends Jackie (left) and Eddie (right). This is a zoomed and cropped portion of a much larger image that a Swissy friend had posted to an online forum. I wanted to paint it. I was living in MaineContinue reading “A Very Good Boy”
There are parts of it that make it my worst painting, and there are parts that make it my best. As a whole, it’s neither. Still, there’s something special about this painting to me, and I suppose it’s the subject. Sean is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met.
Aha! I still have to do the muzzle and the sofa cushion and the shadiness in between, but Sleepy Seany is coming along. The process of art — or, of the creative mind — is fascinating, to me. I still don’t understand why I can go days or weeks with absolutely no ability, and thenContinue reading “The Curse Reversed”
No, I can do this. Of course, it may take a while…
The plan is always to work from back to front, but I guess I’m painting from left to right on this one, for now (and, um, haven’t quite gotten to the right half, yet!). Ah, well. It will come together.