While filming yesterday, I was asked about the lessons I learned in specific dog-a-day paintings (I had brought along about 15 of them). That got me to thinking this morning about my specific tasks/goals before I even picked up a paintbrush. I studied my reference photo, and decided to practice the following:
I wanted to paint reflected light and color off a dark surface.
I wanted to play with edges, using sharper ones near the focal point (his face), and softer, blurred edges in the remainder to the painting.
Again to emphasize the focal point, I would place all the color and the strongest contrasts in the face.