Polly’s Puppies

When we were at our Santa Fe Gallery over Labor Day, Jack and I worked with Roberta to help us surprise Polly, one of the owners. She held a couple of Polly’s Papillons so I could get some photos to paint a portrait. They are such pretty babies.

So here goes. The first step is to sketch them up on the canvas using a thin mixture of MUD ( Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + a lot of Liquin.

I decide to make a muted blue background that will compliment their coats which have various tones of brown, leaning toward orange. I use a mix of Viridian Green + Alizarin Crimson + Pthalo Blue + White for the backdrop.

I love the ear fringes of the Papillon. They are so fun to drag into the wet paint of the background. The browns are mixes of various proportions of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a little Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

The whites are mixed of MUD + White and Ultramarine Blue + White. Pure White is reserved for the highlights.

One of the most important aspects of portraits, both animal and human, are the eyes. They are the soul of the subject. In the picture above I’m putting in the tiny catch light. My arm is braced against a mahl stick to keep my hand steady. The reflected light along the lower rim of the eye makes the iris glow.

Polly’s Puppies     14″ x 17″     Original Oil Painting

The precious little Papillons are complete. We can hardly wait to hear Polly’s reaction to her surprise! Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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6 Responses to “Polly’s Puppies”

  1. Vicki Ross Says:

    awww. how cute! You’ve captured their personalities…xxoo, vicki

  2. Julie Brayton Says:

    That’s beautiful!!

  3. Jan Says:

    This is a lovely painting Mikki.x
    Love jan

  4. Isabelle Dupuy Says:

    That is so well done Miklki. She will be thrilled to have it!

  5. danny hancock Says:

    very, very nice mikki.

  6. cilipower Says:

    Very beautiful, you got so much of their character and personality! Sweet!

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