Sunday, January 20, 2008

Funny Face

Portrait of a Bluetick Coonhound

Henry © 2008 Karen Mathison Schmidt
6 x 6 • acrylic on Gessobord
gloss varnish for protection and easy cleaning

This is our Henry. Here’s his story.

What a dog! We love him. He loves us.

Well, as suddenly as my cold came, it retreated. I got a really good night’s sleep, and when I woke up this morning I was perfectly fine. I was pretty much on the ball this afternoon, so I remembered to take more work in progress photos:

1. After the initial sketch (with a burnt umber colored pencil), I blocked in the main colors.

2. I added a glaze of pthalo and cobalt blues to the background and to the black areas of Henry, and a burnt sienna glaze to the tan areas.

3. and 4. Doing my best to keep the brushstrokes loose and expressive, adding more layers of color and detail, working from dark to light, until ... well ... it’s Henry!

Here’s a close-up detail:


Melanie said...

So glad you are feeling better -
Henry is absolutely gorgeous... I LOVE IT!

Karen Mathison Schmidt said...

Thanks, Melanie!