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.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beauty Rest, In Process


 
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!
Kim
 


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