Luther is an Italian Cane Corso and is related to other Mastiff breeds. He is both powerful and majestic! I still struggle with the black dogs but he was well worth the effort.
This dog presents two interesting challenges, the intensity of his gaze and of course the beautiful coat color. A dark background helps keep the focus on the eyes and a fresh tube of Richeson's Ice Blue is a perfect base color for the coat.
I asked a neighbor if I could paint their dog. The good thing about non- commissioned work is you are free to paint the dog warts and all. I love Freddy's snaggle-tooth smile. It would have been such a shame to leave it out.
Lucky is a Corgi who was determined not to let me photograph him with his ears up. Still I think I've captured the twinkle in his eye and all his happy energy. He was a lovely dog.
Besides painting each day, I take the photos in natural light then download and crop the images. To keep up with the challenge I try to stay one or two paintings ahead. An evening out or a rainy morning would otherwise trip me up.
You learn to paint by painting. Because of the time limitations in the challenge I am having to work more efficiently. Focusing on the same subject matter helps. Approaching the half-way point this continues to be a good experience.
This is my son's dog, Pupicek, who I have painted numerous times. He's fifteen now, slowing down and losing the color in his coat, but he'll always be my favorite subject. He also provides a great opportunity to paint from life.
This is the last of the dogs I met in Provincetown. From here we move on the Martha's Vineyard. If I do this again I will be much better about recording the dogs names. I loved this little guy but he was a dog in motion, a true terrier.
I snapped photos of this pretty girl at the Coffee shop on our last day. While enjoying my bagel I looked up to see she was gone and had to chase her owner down the block to get permission to paint her. I'm so glad I did, this is one of my favorites.
This sweet dog was in the gallery with "Rehab." She was behaving in a very "unrottweilery" manner, circling around me as if to say "take my picture, I'm pretty too." If I really wanted to challenge myself I would paint thirty black dogs in thirty days. I find it so difficult to capture the subtle shadows and sheen on their coats.
We stopped in a gallery to see the art and there we met Rehab. This was a rescue dog who had been removed from a drug house in California. She was so much fun to paint with all the rich colors in her coat.
I asked a mother and young girl if I could photograph their dog for this project. As I was leaving the girl hugged her dog and I heard her saying, "Oh Rosie, you are going to have your picture painted." I so wanted this one to be good.
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