Hurley Loves Snow

Hurley 03
Hurley 03

Hurley is a Golden Doodle (half golden retriever and half poodle) who loves snow. When we got him he was skinny and loosing all of his hair (more than half his coat). After getting him checked out at the vet, we paid for an allergy blood test and found that he was horribly allergic to many things (17). Look at all the red boxes on this graphic of his test results.

Hurley Allergies
allergy test results

After first getting really overwhelmed… the vet said, “First pay attention to eliminating allergens with sensitivity numbers over 200, especially in food. Many times doing that will greatly improve things avoid others if you can.

Foods to Avoid:

Corn, Rice, Peanut, Oat, White Potato, Green Peas.

The vet gave us a list of food sources that costed anywhere from $4 each meal or more. Whew! Fifty dollars or more a week for food, is just not affordable for us. Hurley is generally a great dog, but we are not millionaires. Pete checked out the internet and found a solution on www.chewy.com. This brand “Victor Dog Food”, suited our needs perfectly and at a good price. Further information about this dog food is available at the Your Dog Advisor .

Before we did the allergy test, I was beginning to think that maybe we were dealing with some horrible disease that was going to claim him in the near future. He had ear infections over and over. There were itchy sores similar to “mosquito bites on steroids”, wherever his hair had fallen out. Nothing seemed to improve, with salves, and medicine for his ears. He was constantly dragging his body on walls, handrails, to scratch and was always licking his paws and chewing for itch relief.

Eliminating his worst food allergies by getting him food without those items in it. We have seen a transformation as he improved incredibly and amazingly fast. He is now a whopping 120 lbs. (from a sickly 80 lbs.). Things have greatly improved since we found out what Hurley is allergic to. We have to limit his portions now to stop weight gain. His hair is thick, fluffy and soft and he  loves to go roll in the snow outside because, I think he is a little too hot. Here is Hurley outside loving his roll in the snow.

Hurley Loves Snow 01
Hurley Loves Snow
Hurley Loves Snow 02
Hurley Loves to Roll in Snow

 

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… #8

THE GREAT REVEAL!

With all of the reserved white areas showing the highlights, though they are a bit clunky, sure do pick things up and bring light into the realm. Whisker hairs, and gleaming wet nose dots, eye iris, and mouth saliva shine and the chompers, shine brightly….

Now my mission should I decide to accept it is to put details in carefully that make it kick into life. This tape will not self destruct in five seconds…. nanananannanannananna Mission Impossible!

7 remove mastik

PLEASE 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… #7

With the yellow resist, the portrait can become deceptive when the dog has so much yellow hue in him. Things can become confusing. I  keep applying more of the color as I see it. Gradually this process brings Hurley to life on the page. With the majority of the large area washes done, it is now time to remove the mastik and reveal the results! Then I can really see how I want to go about placing final detail touches.6 last of mastik

 

PLEASE 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!