A Dog Named Blue WORK-IN-PROGRESS
I got a late start on this one today after working on another project this morning. I’m trying to keep him rough and loose, and so far I’m really enjoying the progress.
Here’s the underpainting, which has been sitting on the mantel in my studio for a couple of weeks, quietly reminding me to “do another dog painting, would ya?” This underpainting is a sketch in indigo acrylic, with acrylic glazes of phthalo blue, cadmium yellow light and quinacrodone rose.
Today I started with the oils. As always in a pet portrait (a pet portrait where the subject is awake, that is) I like to start with the eyes. That brings life to the painting right off, and makes it more fun to continue. Even though I’m using a small brush to get the details, I still concentrate on keeping each stroke loose, doing only one or two strokes at a time before wiping the brush and reloading with paint.
From there I kind of just work my way out and down the snout. Whenever I’m working on a dog portrait, it kind of surprises me how huge the nose actually is in proportion to the eyes. Especially on hounds and other trackers and hunters.
Although I’m trying to keep the color areas loose and kind of blocky, because of the slow drying time I still have the option to go back and blend in some areas, to get a balance between blended and blocky. That’s one of the things I love about working in oils!