Using the photography reference which is usually sitting right next to where I am painting. I lay-in light washes of where I see all the shadows on the shapes until I start to see roundness start to appear on the subject. Then begin laying in colors where they appear darkest to me.
I entered this watercolor in the Dick Blick Art Supplies, “Pet Portrait” competition. Here is a link to my entry, please vote for me starting May 23rd (Mon) thru May 30th (Mon). They allow one vote each day. The person with the most votes could win an art supply package worth $350 along with the kudos of the notoriety of the win. We all know how much artist’s love art supplies!