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.
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.
Shadow patterns are established. The background colors are put in lightly.
Areas in the light on Gwapo are more accurately painted in.
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.
More color and more paint. And more detailed work around the ears and eyes.
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.
Completed painting of Gwapo.
(I may have to replaced this photo. It came out too light.)
Kava, oil on stretched canvas, oil on canvas, 10 x 10 x 1 1/4 in.
Topher, oil on stretched canvas, oil on canvas, 10 x 10 x 1 1/4 in.
My dogs portraits of various dogs that I met while walking my dog Kava is now exhibiting at the Avid Reader during the month of April. These are all sized at 10 x 10 x 1 3/8 inches oil on gallery wrapped canvas. Each one of these except for Kava (my dog) are available for purchase at my DailyPaintworks store or for commission go to my Etsy shop. The price is $175 for either the painting or commission.
Still working on this commission. Here I’m establishing the general based colors. And I’m definitely working with bigger brushes like 3/4″ to 1″. Taking David Shelvino’s workshop prepared me for working big. I have to say I do enjoy working a lot larger.
My hairdresser asked me to paint two 8×8 inch paintings for her sister. Fortunately I had done similar fruit paintings before. Sliced up some grapefruit, lemons and especially limes, since this is the color that had drawn her. Set them up and took photos.
There’s a lot of playing around with design and balance, and color . . . almost abstract.
Commission piece based on a stock photo of the Isle of Innisfree. The client had fond memories of this place but wanted warmer atmosphere and a teal color boat. (The color of the boat in the photo is more green). The size is 24 x 36 inches, my first big landscape. I had to say when I started it was freeing to work big. Below is a small study reduced down proportionately to 6 x 9 inches. In the slide show is the beginning on the larger canvas.
As I was walking my dog, I met up with a woman who was walking her dog, a St. Charles Spaniel named Cookie. She had an irresistible smile that I had to paint her. So I took a quick smartphone pic and painted from it.
This sketch was done during a sketch crawl. I had been very active in “Let’s Draw Davis” urban sketch crawl group. We met once a month in different location each time and sketch the surroundings. Later we’ll meet up at the end of the day to look at what we had accomplished. Usually my sketches are done in watercolor and pen, quick and so easily portable. On this day, we met around the Amtrak Station. There were not only trains to sketch but restaurants, people coming in and out. I found this scene of the Village Bakery shop. Somewhat hidden behind the trees I was able to capture not only the building but the people going in and sitting…enjoying the beautiful Saturday.
Like with all my sketches, I posted on Flickr and listed in “Let’s Draw Davis” sketch group, part of Urban sketcher. An PR agency, Crocker&Crocker, in Sacramento, discovered it. They were working with their client, the City of Davis, for a new banner to reflect the spirit and the goals of Davis. It is to be used in their offices and social media. Here’s the City of Davis Facebook Page.
Naturally I was thrilled! In the process I learned a bit about copyrights. Also I realized with all the work I put into posting in different sites, never know what piece may reach out.