The word “velocity” is from the late Middle English: from French vélocité or Latinvelocitas, from velox, veloc- ‘swift’. Defined, it means 1. the speed of something in a particular direction; 2. high speed. I think it a fine name for a painting of a Jack Russell Terrier. Or, a failed attempt at capturing the entire dog. I was having a hard time decidingContinue reading “Velocity (or, Oops- Missed Again) coming along…”
This has been on my to-do list for quite some time, but as I was finishing up a commission, there was a call for art for TEDxSomerville with the theme of movement. So, here goes!
Finally, Betty is done. One of the first things that I tell people when inquiring about commissions is that I don’t do the standard head & shoulders portrait. There is nothing more uninteresting to me than the same old dime-a-dozen paintings of dogs just sitting there, looking at the viewer. [yawn] I can’t explain whyContinue reading “Betty final”
When I look at a painting in progress, I will often plan in parts. “OK, I just need to 1) work the darker blues and black into the face, 2) blend the side reds, and 3) add the highlights,” and it seems simple enough. Then I start working and find myself redoing aspects that I thoughtContinue reading “Betty progress”
No, this doesn’t look anything like the sketch in the previous post. Betty has very soulful eyes, and although the previous image carries with it a touching story, it failed to capture the essence that her eyes normally possess. Betty is the wise older woman to Addie’s imp. Betty is the regal queen to Addie’s courtContinue reading “Betty (redirect)”
I suppose this looks more like a Rorschach test than anything else, but this collection of cryptic lines will, in fact, become a dog. A Greater Swiss Mountain Dog named Betty.Again, my exceptional photography skills are exhibited (sarcasm alert). I tend to sketch very lightly, so capturing it in a manner which would allow itContinue reading “Betty Begun”
This needs to dry before I add the whiskers, but I am painting her (adoptive) sister while it does…
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)”