"The Dance," 5" square, portrait of a heeler mixed breed dog with two children, acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, not for sale. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.
This tiny little painting is of Finnigan and my two youngest. I don't think I could part with it, but I do plan on exhibiting it in a couple events coming up. I suppose that's always provided the piece gets juried into the show in the first place.
I can paint large no problem, but when the painting gets smaller I get claustrophobic. The brushes seem oddly tiny and my gestures are tight and stunted - I really have to concentrate to get it right. On top of the whole scale challenge, with this portrait I've got two human likenesses to capture along with the landscape - more things I'm not familiar with.
However I think it's critically important to shake things up periodically and step outside your comfort zone every so often. I know it keeps me sharp(er)!
I'm still making additional changes to this one - it'll take another week or so till I have it 100% to my satisfaction. But I was excited enough about today's progress to share - besides, it's the perfect image to lead into a weekend, is it not?
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
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