"The Stick," 8" x 16", triple dog portrait (including a Labradoodle, a mixed breed, and a Labrador Retriever) in acrylic on canvasboard, $599 to the first taker. Inquiries may always come to me.
The idea for this painting was supplied by some photos taken by long time Dog-a-Day collector Mia Bartlett, who responded to my request for pictures of black and white dogs. She regularly walks a mess of dogs in this creek, and sent over a good amount of exciting photographs showing them splashing and wrestling in the summer sunlight.
I was drawn to all the color reflected in the water, while the three dark dogs created a mass or shape of their own. It was a great exercise to take my color outside of my subject, and use a tighter range of values and darks for the objects I normally saturate with expressive color.
There's only a week left to earn an opportunity to win a Dog-a-Day painting of your own for the holidays. Get a friend to subscribe to the dailies, and each of you will get a chance to win your own 6" x 6" painting. For each friend who signs up, you receive another chance to win. Winners of the two portraits will be announced by October 8th. All the info is on the project blog, www.paintingadogaday.com .
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
PS For those of you still reading, I am always looking for photos of black and/or white animals. I want to practice painting the subtle shifts in the lightest lights and darkest darks that they are the perfect foils for. You may send your photos to me, and I'll acknowledge their receipt. Thanks so very much!!