"Fetch," 10" x 12", acrylic on raymar artists panel, depicting a blue roan English Cocker Spaniel. This is the second in a series of pieces I am creating starring two wonderful little guys, and my client will get first pick. Meanwhile, inquiries may always come to me.
You saw Eric's back side in yesterday's "Fall Foliage" painting, and today you get a peek at the troublemaker's mug. Just like yesterday's piece, this painting is far larger than what I typically paint in one day, yet this one practically fell off my brushes this morning.
I treated the background like an abstract painting (betcha didn't know I used to create mammoth color field abstract paintings!). Once I had achieved the value patterns that I wanted, I went in overtop and added looser marks in gradually smaller sizes and shapes to create a vibrant and interesting surface. There is that suggestion of space when one steps back from the piece, yet up close it is fascinating to study.
It's also important to make certain that the background played second fiddle to Eric. His body carries the most contrast, the crispest edges, the greatest range of color, and the most energetic of the brushwork. I can just see him dancing across the lawn, fringe swaying, ears swinging, and tail wagging. I love the sense of atmosphere and place that this painting conveys.
Ironically, my client asked for Eric's portrait to be similar to another painting of mine "Glee." This afternoon's mail brought the news that "Glee," along with "Pink," were juried into the prestigious 2009 Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, Kansas. I'm honored to be a part of this year's exhibition and especially pleased that the Dog-a-Days will be well represented!!
Thanks, as always, for sharing my art.
See you tomorrow,