Here are the beginning stages of a new portrait that I am working on this week...
Last week I began a couple of small portraits earmarked for an exhibition that I am doing in the Spring. The first one is a double portrait of two little Jack Russel terriers I know.
This Black Cocker Spaniel Dog is a recently finished piece, commissioned as a gift. I have written a short blog post and video with my ideas on how to paint a black dog, as it is a question often asked.
Connery the Podenco
This goofball is the 'failed foster dog' of a good friend. ('Failed' meaning that she he was originally meant to be a foster dog, but she is keeping him!) Connery is a Podenco Canario now living a good life in the UK. His legs are so long he doesn't know what to do with them. I am building up this painting in layers and using semi transparent glazes to add light and shade . Once this layer is dry, I shall make one more pass over the painting and then he will be ready to display. This oil painting is on a 45cm x 40cm stretched canvas, so I will paint the sides off-white and hang this piece unframed.
Top left is the original reference photo, followed by the initial drawing and consecutive stages one by one.
Today's work in progress is this delightful whippet who paid us a visit recently at the shop. This is the second layer of paint, and I have started using the palette knife in some areas to build up the layers. You can still see some of the original sketch peeping through in some parts at this stage
This one which I have re-worked from an older portrait is nearly finished now. A portrait of a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, based on a photographic reference kindly supplied by Kerli Toode. 80 x 100 cm oils on canvas