IN PROCESS: Detail of "Beauty Rest," 11" x 14", portrait of a mixed breed rescue, done in acrylic on a museum quality panel, not currently for sale. Inquiries may come to me.
This is Daisy, one of the Dog a Day Valentine's Giveaway finalists.
Her painting is a big one by Dog a Day standards, at 11" x 14", but I wanted her portrait to carry an oversized dose of personality and color - it has to reflect her, after all! And this is just one tiny corner of the whole panel.
In process pics of Daisy's portrait are on the studio Facebook page - if you take a peek, you can see how I structured a multi-valued underpainting to roughly match up with the composition, and the photos will take you through my drawing process (done with a paintbrush into wet paint), the initial block in (where I start to establish values and patterning across the panel), and additional layers of marks.
You'll even see where I messed up and lost my sense of direction with respect to the chair. I regrouped, but ran out of time to finish the piece before needing to punch in for my chauffeur job.
I'll be back in the studio tonite a big mug of hot chocolate in hand (most likely with a dollop of an adult beverage), and see if I can finish it.
Meanwhile, there's a poll on Facebook - should the chair be striped (one of my favorites!) or floral (as a nod to Daisy's namesake)?
I always love hearing your thoughts - and look forward to sharing a finished painting with you soon -
Stay warm and safe if you are in the path of this new winter storm - we're due to have some thundersnow later tonite ourselves!