Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Little Brother, Step I


"Little Brother (in process, immediately above after a full day's work, image at top after about an hour's work)," 9" x 12", acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, portrait of a Boxer brindled pup snuggling with a larger fawn Boxer, $529 to the first collector asking nicely. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.
It seems like the lesson paintings have been popular as of late, so I thought I would share another. This particular reference I've had for years (thanks to my friend and uber talented fellow artist Judy Wood). It's a funny angle, with the pup's hind end tucked underneath and his head thrust forward, while the larger dog remains a sun drenched lump. But I love the triangular shape of the two dogs, and the weight distribution of the pup, with those huge white-tipped paws. I'm also excited to try my hand at painting an oriental rug in the sunlight......
I started out with a green gold underpainting, and roughly blocked the dogs in, using a large brush and large marks to define their forms, working with a rough approximation of value so as to create a sense of light from the onset. Can you see the pockets of the underpainting that peek through still in the most current image? Periodically I would redraw the dogs to make sure everything was aligned properly, and you can see some of my drawing "lines" in the image above (the blue and red) - these will also peek out in places when I am finished.
I'll pick up with this painting either later tonite or tomorrow. There's a storm moving through Michigan now, and if it starts to look like the kids may have a snow day tomorrow, I'll get back in here tonite and see how much I can get done whilst they sleep.
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
Kim
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