In process, "Still Waters (Bear)," 16" x 20", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of Bear, a Golden Retriever I've painted more often than my own dog, acrylics on a museum quality panel. Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet.
I've been working on Bear's wet coat, the reflections of light, and the contrast balance for most of the day. Doesn't he look absolutely wonderful?! The end is in sight, very very close, but I'm starting to get cross eyed.
While I am eager to sign this painting, I am also very aware of the dangers of pressing forward when my head isn't totally clear. Which was one of the toughest things for me to learn - when I need to fully embrace patience, and when it is necessary to power through a difficult passage.
So I am going to set him aside for a little this afternoon. Perhaps I'll do some journaling or work on a smaller portrait, but I'm going to give my eyeballs a break and work on something entirely different.
That way, when I return to Bear (either later tonite or tomorrow), I will be able to clearly see - and paint! - exactly what he needs.
Thanks for everything!