A Fun Portrait of a Sweet Pup

Beginning again! On a new puppy portrait! Not that Phoebe is a puppy, but it sounds a bit more peppy than saying a dog portrait! Our setting is based on “Serene Welcome”, a painting done earlier this year. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to enlarge them.

Here’s Jeana’s sweet fur baby, Phoebe! She’s 2 1/2 years old and a mix of Great Dane, Greyhound and Catahoula. Those of you who are regular followers of my blog may remember Jeana. This is the 19th painting I’ve done for her! Knew we’d collaborated on several but couldn’t believe it when I went back and counted. She is a wonderful collector, has cool ideas and is very generous. Some of those paintings have been gifts for her family and friends.

I start sketching the basic plan up on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash made of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. All of the upright lines are drawn with the aid of a T-square balanced on the top edge of the gallery wrap canvas.

The cluster of Maize, adorning the door, is washed in with a mix of Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. A few darker kernels are added with some of the MUD mixture.

I begin establishing Phoebe’s general shape with the thin oil wash made of MUD + Liquin.

After looking at the sketched up plan on canvas in the mirror placed behind me in the studio, I realized I had Phoebe too large and bulky. Here’s a picture of my easel set up so you can see the mirror. It’s on a easel with wheels that can be rolled closer to my painting easel if needed.

The background drawing was dry so it was very simple to “erase” the ghosted form by wiping the wash off of the canvas with some tissue. She’s redrawn and now Phoebe is the correct size! We’ll begin painting in our next session, hope you’ll come watch.

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One Response to “A Fun Portrait of a Sweet Pup”

  1. roseherczeg Says:

    Oh, how wonderful, another doggy painting! I will be watching! Hugs!

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