This was my favorite dog at the show. His owner was very generous and allowed my grandson to hold the leash. The sweet dog responded with lots of puppy kisses. The painting is stylized but then so is this breed of dog.
I went to the Cape Cod Dog Show this past weekend and took lots of photos. This was just the boost the project needed. I was particularly intrigued with the look of the Irish Wolfhounds. There will be more to come.
I have been experimenting with a stained canvas and I like the results. However, this usually means a previous attempt was scraped off. It is satisfying to know that the painters I admire most also have their days when hours worth of work becomes the back drop for the next attempt.
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.
This happy little face was fun to paint. The challenge is a good opportunity to discover the style I am most satisfied with. This is a little tighter than I would like but then I have eighteen days left to figure it all out!
This dog belonged to a friend at work. "Danger" died last summer at age 15. He was a rescue dog who enjoyed a long happy life. Trying to capture age is always a challenge. Tomorrow's painting will be an attempt to show more puppy-like enthusiasm.
One third of the way through the challenge and I must give kudos to my husband who has been very supportive of my need to produce a painting a day. The spill of a good amount of Gamsol (mineral spirits) on the hardwood floor last night tested his tolerance but we're still good.
This was an experiment with a darker background. Painting daily gives me the opportunity to try different things but that freedom is tempered by the knowledge that I must post the results!
This is the same dog I painted on day one. I was photographing him on the beach on Martha's Vineyard. When his owner noticed me she pulled him away. This was the last frame I got. He was looking up at me almost apologetically as he left the beach.
Week one of the thirty-day challenge - done!
After blocking in a painting I usually go straight to the eyes in full detail. This little guy was a challenge, but even without seeing his eyes I think you can feel his spunk.
This past summer I was fortunate to attend a workshop with Colley Whisson at the Landgrove Inn in Landgrove, VT. Colley is an Australian artist