Chrome owned by Cornerstone Danes in Oroville WA. Absolutely beautiful dog. Please check out their website. I loved the position of one of the pictures used as a reference but got a lot of great detail in lighting from the seconde reference photo. Here is the beginning sketch with mastick (resist) applied to the paper to help reserve the important white areas.
I always start with a sketch of the layout background and my main subject. Beautiful Stella. Her eyes captivate with a great expression of curiosity. She lived in a beautiful part of the country, rural with rolling hills and great hills in the vista.
I received a project from my daughter’s friend Libby for a portrait of her dog Stella that has passed away. Libby runs Cornerstone Danes out of Oroville WA absolutely beautiful dogs. Unfortunately, Libby lost almost all of her photos of Stella when her phone crashed. You can imagine how horrible that is. What we had to work with are five shots. One is detailed and up close, the others are not so close up and in different positions definetely showing her personality.
Stella was deeply loved and greatly missed and I look forward to painting her. From my own personal experience I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to our best friends!
BTW. I still take photographs with a real digital Nikon D60 and love the ability to adjust for different lighting and detail.
Okay. It is simply finishing up for me now. Blossoms in front and behind with shadows to show them in 3D. Leaves here and there some with details, some very light behind.
I try to ensure enough variety of texture and tone to keep the eyes discovering different parts as you tour the painting. Hummingbirds just do that to me naturally.
This is a 22″w x 30″h watercolor on 300lb. watercolor paper work. It is entitled, “Hummingbirds, Seven J1516” and if you’d like to see it then head on down to the Kress Gallery on the third floor of Riverfront Park Shopping Center (behind and to the right of the food vendors). It will be there through Nov 28th. This painting is at the top of the ramp going up into the gallery on the left hand side. If you are interested in purchasing it, just let me know.
Thank you for exploring this art journey with me.
Background sunrise is needed now, so I carefully wet the background area and drop in brushfulls of sunrise colors.
Little by little the background gives me a warm sunshine glow outlining all the vines, leaves and Honeysuckle blossoms.
I like the shapes and locations so I happily head into finishing all the bright blossoms and leaves being careful of shadows and shapes and I go.
I notice that the background is needing a more definite presence or I will stand the chance of really screwing up, so I begin darkening the branches, giving them their shadows and highlights.
Here is a closeup showing branch darkening.
Next, I notice it is mainly the path of the vines that needs to be done. Reserving where I am wanting to put things as I progress with the details. It is kind of like I need to build my structure where the rest of the characters will reside. Constructing the image site.
Here is the seventh Hummingbird located in the upper right corner.
You can see that my background remains just sketched in light.
After I add the colors for the next two hummers I have one left to colorize. Do you see him?
Now the center flying hummingbirds come into color. First there is the red necked hummer, with a white chest and green wings.
Then we have a violet and blue gorgeous hovering wonder above him. And we are up to four out of seven hummingbirds done except for final details. I can almost hear the “Star Wars” sound that they make, I swear that Lucas got that sound for when they are riding the jet motorcycles through the redwood forest on that planet from the Hummingbird whirring.
Finishing up the green guy perched on the branch lets me prepare to get ready for the flying guy above him. I also am finishing leaves and the vine highlights and shadows as I work on the birds. It is all a real gradual process for me. The images show before and the after.
After…. The guy perched on the branch (lower right) gets his green.