Pet Portrait finished

Okay NOW Hurley the Golden Retriever/Poodle mix is DONE, as they say where I grew up. He’s all pau!

I’ll stick him in a frame and quit adding things, no more changes.

dog portrait

I have really benefited from the time spent with Stan Miller this summer and am sad that class is over. Can’t emphasize enough how good the opinion of other artists helped as I attended on Wednesday afternoons at Spokane Art Supplies.

Where does the eye travel? A question I did not ask myself very much before. Now, I’m learning this “design” stuff slowly and loving every minute of it.

The background needed something, his head disappear into nothingness making my eyes stuck on the center. Not good.  It needed a darkness behind his head on top to balance the extreme darkness of his lower jaw area. What a difference a little background makes.

 

Pet Portrait Dog process… #11

dogHurley10I think Hurley came out good, he is just such a beautiful spirit!

PLEASE VOTE TODAY!!!  and the rest of the contest I’d sure appreciate it.  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!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #10

More darkening, smoothing, and then finally almost black shadows under the tongue and inside the mouth.

9 darken detailPLEASE VOTE TODAY!!!  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!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #9

Softening the golden tip of his now by adding light washes to make the transformation much more gradual really smoothes out his snout. His nose is washed in red tone then darkened around those fabulous gleaming wet nose dots along the top edge. I love the way the light catches that texture there. His tongue is pinkified more and his lower lip darkened. His eyes are detailed.

8 softeningPLEASE VOTE TODAY!!! 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!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #6

Darkening happens quickly with applying some red tones a in the mouth, shadow areas and darker strands of hair. Shadows are darkened gradually and carefully because there is no erasing if I apply too much.

6 red tones

VOTING STARTS TODAY!!! 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!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #5

More dark color areas begin to really give more shape to his face.

4 dark hair dog hurleyI 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!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #4

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.

3 shadows dog hurley

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!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #3

Then I put resist or mastik on the little highlights that I notice in the image. I want to reserve the white areas as I paint in the rest in and many times if I try to just avoid these areas it puts a real crimp in the style of laying down washes and areas of paint to bleed. The yellow that you see on this paper is that “mastik” and it is drying before I begin to put values down on the layout.

2 mastik dog hurleyI 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!

Pet Portrait Dog process… #2

After good reference material is located, I use the black and white version of the photography to layout the image on the watercolor paper. As I do this I tend to concentrate on putting down only the dark areas first, I sketch kind of ignoring the medium tones till later.

black & white shot dog hurley golden retriever, poodle mix

Here is that first layout sketch on the watercolor paper and now our journey begins.1 sketch dog hurley

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!