Blue and Ballou

A recent commission of two dogs. The client is from Germany and wanted two sizes, one at 9 x 12 inches and the other is a smaller size at 3 x 4 inches for a dollhouse. Both are painted in oil on stretched canvas.

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Blue and Ballou, oil on stretched canvas, 9 x 12 x 3/4 inches
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Blue and Ballou, oil on stretched canvas, 3 x 4 x 1/4 inches

Here are the step by step.

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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.)