Marla

My massage therapist house her room in a chiropractor’s office. She had allowed me to display some of my works in her room.  Recently I brought in some dog portraits paintings that I had done – 10 x 10 on gallery wrapped canvases. The whole office flocked over to look. Before I knew it I got commissions – two from the receptionist and one from the chiropractor.

Below is the chiropractor’s dog, Marla.

I went to the chiropractor’s farm to take photos of his dog. He was unable to provide a good photo. So trying to get a dog to pose is a bit challenging. Her master tried holding a bone in front of her and naturally she licked her chops. Our aim was to have nice lighting and her mouth close…but gave up. She wanted that bone. 🙂

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“Marla” 10 x 10 x 1 1/2 inches, oil
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“Marla” work-in-progress
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Tiny Dog Paintings

Here’s the last three of the tiny paintings of dogs. The white chihuahua I met at a park. The sun was out and bright so when I took the photo she was looking away. The little brown dog is my chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix who was wearing her little rain jacket. She only wore it once. And the pug is another dog I met on the street who didn’t want her picture taken.

There are available for purchase at the Pence Gallery store in Davis.

Tiny Dog Portraits

Building up my collections of 3 x 3 inches dog portraits for the Pence Gallery Holiday Sales in Davis, coming up in three weeks.

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Little Dog Complex, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on canvas
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Charley, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on canvas

International Festival 2017

Held Oct. 1 on a Sunday at Central Park, Davis. Another artist and I drew portraits for 35 people in 4 1/2 hours. It was a wonderful time. We chatted with our sitters and found so many different stories. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Done mainly in pencils on Strathmore Toned Gray Paper. About 20 minutes each.

Here’s some of the drawings done.

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A Process of a Painting of Gwapo

This was a commissioned 8 x 10 inch painting of Gwapo, a water-loving dog. With each step featured here, I emailed the owner of the progress.

It begins with a photo provided by Gwapo’s owner, their German Shepherd mix. Gwapo loves the water and this is a favorite picture of him in the water.

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I wanted the focus to be around his eyes. So his eyes are positioned in the upper third of the canvas and a third from the viewer’s left side. It’s a loose interpretation of where the golden mean is.

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Shadow patterns are established. The background colors are put in lightly.

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Areas in the light on Gwapo are more accurately painted in.

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From this point I start refining the details of Gwapo’s fur. The color around the nose was off when I put in the nose color. So I had to make readjustment there with values of the nose and the surrounding area.

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More color and more paint. And more detailed work around the ears and eyes.

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When I’m somewhere satisfy with Gwapo, I began working more details in the water. Paying close attention to the circular pattern of the water, I had to redraw the ripples to line up correctly.

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Completed painting of Gwapo.

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(I may have to replaced this photo. It came out too light.)

Sketching at Nob Hill in San Francisco

Traveling from Davis, CA, I grabbed the chance to sketch alongside with the San Francisco urbansketchers as well as Liz Steel and Jane Blundell, notable urbansketchers both from Australia. I even met sketchers who came from Chico (3 hours away) and Washington.

The weather was surprisingly warm despite the 70 degree. About 60 or so sketchers gathered at Grace Cathedral at Nob Hill. Beautiful architecture and for those who love buildings it was a sketcher’s dream. For me I stuck close to simple subjects… a couple, a window, a door and a statue….All my urbansketches are done in a pocket size Moleskine watercolor sketchbook. “Keeping it simple” is my name.

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Captured this couple sitting side by side at the side of Grace Cathedral on their phones
The Door
A door that leads to the office for the Episcopal Diocese
A stained glass window
One of the beautiful stained glass windows on the side of Grace Cathedral
Graceful statue at Huntington Park
One of the four figures at the Huntington Park

As usual after three hours of sketching we all met at Huntington Park to share our sketching experiences and to meet up with old friends and get to know new ones.

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New Sketchbook

A fellow urbansketcher gave me a Stillman & Birn sketchbook. It is their Beta series meant for mixed media with a soft cover. So I experimented.

Below are my initial watercolors. I tend to lay watercolor on heavy but I found the paper just did not soak up the watercolor. Too heavy and blotchy.

So I applied less watercolor. The next watercolors are more to my liking.

Less is more….