We are halfway there! (Just like this little hiking companion.) The painting challenge has been a big commitment. A visiting friend left at about 8:00 pm. He looked at the blank canvas on my easel and shuttered realizing I still had to produce a painting worthy of posting in the morning. I have felt that way a few times but for the most part the painting has been a satisfying and rewarding creative process.
Next month I am going to a workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry. I have not only purchased her recommended colors but may have to buy a second tube of some of them. While this is a time for experimentation and I like the results of unexpected color, I held back a bit because I didn't want this painting of Heidi to become too abstract. She was a much loved little beagle with her signature dark-rimmed wide-set eyes.
Friday the 13th and it's the tail end of summer. The tourists have gone home but the warm water has brought with it lots of nasty jelly fish. Labs don't care about water temperature or jelly fish though, they just love to swim! I was happy with the direction of this painting but would have liked to have spent a little more time with it, time the challenge doesn't allow for. This is a definite do-over in a larger size with a little more contrast and perhaps positioned to show more of the underside of the dog.