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Brie as Odalisque

"Brie as Odalisque," 8" x 10", portrait of a huge and shaggy Venus (aka gorgeous dog), done in Golden Open acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord, not for sale.

Brie belongs to artist Lisa Daria and takes her job as studio assistant seriously. So seriously, in fact, that she insisted on a historically inspired composition for her Dog a Day portrait.

Who am I to argue when clearly this girl knows her stuff?

You can see the progression of this painting in the images below.

I started with a bright underpainting, using a rough approximation of the composition as a guideline. I then followed up by loosely blocking in the placement of the main forms and starting to build up my values. I used large 1" wide brushes to begin with, gradually ending the painting with smaller filberts.

I can't wait to hear what Brie thinks of it! and Lisa, too.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested!


  1. What a fabulous classical portrait of Brie! I had to come over from Lisa Daria's to check it out. So glad you support animal shelters, all my many friends with 4 legs over the years have been rescues and every single one of them has enhanced my life beyond measure.

  2. brie is a lucky lucky
    studio assistant
    wonderful painting

  3. Anonymous7:45 PM

    You captured Brie's better side - sleeping. She crashes at my place often in that same pose.

    Brie's favorite sitters

  4. Wish she'd come to my house. I'd love an excuse for a good nap!!

  5. Margo - thanks for all you've done over the years with the "little ones" (although not always little, they don't have a voice, which lends itself to people forgetting about them). It's my pleasure to make things a little easier for them - and whomever's life crosses their paths!! have a great evening!

  6. Spectacular...Brie looks beautiful..thanks for showing us how you did the painting

  7. Page, I think that Brie is basking in her newfound popularity! :) thanks for checking in!!


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