Working the Background

SF1716 Ruby step 4

Since Ruby is a soft reddish brown I’m making the background a muted blue-green. Green is the complimentary color of Red, they are across from each other on the color wheel. By using this color behind our pretty baby her coat will appear richer. This follows a simple concept in painting, placing complimentary colors side by side makes each look richer and brighter. All of the large pools of color are mixed from various combinations of Sap Green + Pthalo Blue + White.

SF1716 Ruby step 5

The light is coming into the portrait from the upper left, I make that side of the background darker to accentuate the light on her face.

SF1716 Ruby step 6

Working around Ruby’s head I make the background on the right, behind her shadow side, lighter.

SF1716 Ruby step 7

Her fur is made from combinations of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Burnt Sienna + White. Please remember as you read through my blog, you can enlarge any of the images by clicking on the picture.

SF1716 Ruby step 8

I work the edges of Ruby over the wet background. Painting wet-into-wet allows me to make her fur appear soft and fuzzy.

SF1716 Ruby step 9

It’s fun painting the curly strands of hair on her ears. The wet paint behind Ruby makes it easy to pull the squiggly strokes.

SF1716 Ruby step 10

The fluffy hair on top of her head is blocked in with my large Bright (square) brush. The strokes are pulled straight up.

SF1716 Ruby step 11

All of the edges are finished while the background color is still wet and pliable. That does it for today, thanks for following along. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: