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.)

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A Dog Named Haley

Another commission from my sister. A friend’s dog. The photo reference was taken from a top view which extorted the head a bit. And the face was a challenge since it was basically dark brown/black. Also I had considered putting more details in the kerchief as seen in the photo but was afraid it would distract from the head.

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A Dog Named Haley, oil on canvas panel, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee

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Wise Collie

I got so many dogs photos from the parks that I can’t remember who this one is. But another tiny painting.

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Wise Collie, 3 x 3 x 3/8 inches oil on canvas

Here’s a previous photo of it before I put in the final touches…it had appeared in Instagram. The palette knife is there for scale.

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Ready to Assist

I’m continuing my series of 3 x 3 inches oil portraits of dogs.Why dogs? Because I have one.

This dog I met at the reception for my dog portraits exhibit at the Avid Reader. She was with her owner who was partially blind. Dogs are such marvelous companions!

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Ready to Assist, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on stretched canvas

Loving Life

This little white dog, Gigi, was with her dog walker when I met up with her at the park. Such an affectionate dog. One morning I spotted her rolling on the grass, enjoying the cool grass and the summer breeze.

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“Loving Life” 3 x 3 x 1/4  inches, oil on stretched canvas

Corgie Relaxing

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Corgie Relaxing, 4 x 2 inches oil on stretched canvas by Marlene Lee

I stopped by a bookstore while in downtown Davis. The volunteer there had her corgie, Sutter, so friendly. Instantly she rolled on her back for a rub on her tummy. With the owner’s permission I took several photos since Sutter wanted more pats. Finally got a couple of good shots.

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