This little painting of a chihuahua mix was sold at The Dogs Exhibit held at Exhibit B Gallery in Souderton, PA in October, 2017. The exhibit benefited the Dog Town Rescue and was part of The National Dog Show. I know that this little painting is in the hands of a loving dog owner. 🙂
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. 🙂
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.)
Dozer passed away from a drowning. But his memory lives on.
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.
I got so many dogs photos from the parks that I can’t remember who this one is. But another tiny painting.
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.