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Angi, Step 1

"Angi," 16" x 20", commissioned dog portrait of a Leonberger, acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may always come to me.

Those of you who are familiar with only the Dog a Day paintings may not know that, prior to the daily project, I specialized in larger than life animal portraits. I started the smaller pieces, in part, to try out various ideas without the time committment that a larger piece entailed.

Anywho, I was tickled pink when Angi's family asked if I would have another try at the larger paintings. I thought her portrait would make for an excellent step-by-step piece if shared over the course of several days. It's been a few years since I worked in this scale, but that makes things all the more exciting, because I have learned a tremendous amount in the meanwhile.

So here Angi is in the earliest stages. I wanted to block her in, showing the range of values (essentially the light bathing her body from the right edge of the board inwards), and begin to identify the major elements of the painting. I am not so worried about exact edges or true color right now, but mostly in just getting one layer of paint down across the entire board, starting to sculpt her form and getting a basic sense of her presence.

Tomorrow I will continue refining a greater range of values, finalize my drawing (ie the edges), and work on laying down truer local color.

Meanwhile, I am embarassed to say that I am about a week behind in emails. Between getting paintings in the mail and shipping book orders, I've allowed my email correspondance to slide. My apologies to those of you who may be awaiting a reply - I promise to get to your inquiries as soon as possible.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

PS Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Oh boy, do I have lots of places to send you:

COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me (I've got a couple holiday spots left)
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.


  1. OMG!! Your work is so good :)

  2. Thanks, Pragya - I'm very excited to see how Angi's painting turns out!


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