Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cloud portrait

I have a few projects going on at the moment, but I've been wanting to paint this picture of Cloud for a promotional piece and couldn't help starting it tonight. It's small, 8 x 10, on Ampersand Gessoboard. I've got it sketched out here and am going to try using a matte medium to seal it instead of the workable fixative that I usually use. Reason - less smell and no sticky aerosol. Reason for sealing the drawing in the first place - I paint by building up light washes and glazes and the first wash would smear the graphite all over!

This is my reference photo, taken by hubby. It's a good example of how the camera can throw a dogs posture off - the way he's standing here doesn't really look possible, or at least the mind has a hard time making sense of it. However, it's a beautiful profile shot of his little face. So we paint what we like and lose the rest. In the sketch I raised his head just a little so he is looking up more. I'm changing his back to make it look like he's sitting down. Stay tuned...

12 comments:

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komatsu bulldozer said...

what happened to the other one?

biggest bulldozer said...

i think you add more info about it.

aksarbenlove said...

that painting is going to rock!

are you and jason doing anything this weekend? maybe we could do teatime on saturday w/ you guys!

i dont know if brett is up for it, but i would like to. :)

Kathleen said...

Well thanks, bulldozer people.

K, that would be great! It's the last weekend, so I hope Brett is up for it.

Nikki said...

You have a great art subject in Cloud. If I was artsy at all, I'm sure there would be a lot of art of the dogs. I'll have to send you a picture of my attempt at painting Bella & Tucker. :-) It's entertaining.

Nikki said...

Ok, I uploaded the pictures of my elementary paintings on Dogster they are the very last pictures on each of their profiles.

Kathleen said...

Awww Nikki, they are so cute. I especially like the swirly sun in Bella's picture. VERY cool!