Bright Eyes

SB1113 Ralph E and Bright Eyes Step 3

Yesterday was a crazy day, I did get to paint but was unable to put a post up on the blog. It was vaccination day for Sissie and Molly, our shelter kitties. So a trip to Dr. George, our vet, was on the schedule in the morning. Molly loves her carrier but hates to ride in the car so she howled the whole way. I’m glad no one could hear her, they would have thought Jack and I were torturing her! We laughed the entire time driving to and from Dr. George’s. To make a long story short in mid afternoon little Sissie got sick. Now I must tell you she is not a “Lap Cat.” But all of a sudden my lap was the only place she wanted to be. And of course she wanted to be gently rubbed the entire time. Made working on the computer impossible. The good news is she is back to normal today.

So anyway, let’s get to showing you what painting I did get done. The background color is mixed of various proportions of Cadmium Orange + Pthalo Blue + a little touch of MUD + White.

SB1113 Ralph E and Bright Eyes Step 4

I begin blocking in the shadows and edges of Bright Eyes, the Bichon Frise. Working wet into wet allows me to get the feeling of her soft, fluffy fur.

SB1113 Ralph E and Bright Eyes Step 5

After her body is painted and face blocked in, I concentrate on her big eyes. The entire area of the eye is covered with MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson). Then a crescent is made of a rich brown to indicate the iris.

SB1113 Ralph E and Bright Eyes Step 6

The center of the brown crescent is made a little lighter. This is the area directly across from where the catch light will be. You can enlarge the picture by clicking on the image.

SB1113 Ralph E and Bright Eyes Step 7

Bracing against the mahl stick to steady my hand, the tiny catch lights are placed high in the eye at the edge of the pupil. Since the light is coming from the upper left, they are placed at about 11 o’clock. The light from above hits the cornea then is transmitted through the eye to illuminate the iris on the opposite side. When painting portraits you have to be careful with the placement of the catch lights. Don’t place them in the center of the pupils, your subject will look as if they are drugged.

SB1113 Ralph E and Bright Eyes Step 8

Bright Eyes’ nose is painted with mixes of Alizarin Crimson + Phtalo Blue + White. She is not totally finished, I still have a little pushing and pulling to do to totally catch her likeness. While the background is still fresh, I rough in the edges of “Ralph E” making sure they remain soft. Smiles and Hugs, Mikki Senkarik


One Response to “Bright Eyes”

  1. Setsuka Smith Says:

    Thank you for sharing your technique so generously! I’d like to follow your steps to see if I can do it. I’m looking forwards to your daily E-mail. Thank you. Setsuka

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