Thursday, January 28, 2010

New art - Red Cloud

Red Cloud 18 x 24" acrylic on canvas
© 2010 Kathleen Coy


This painting was an experiment in the use of bold color in a dog portrait, and I'm quite happy with it. The strong color needed a strong and unusual pose to balance it - so once again, here is my rat terrier Cloud modeling for me. This is my largest dog painting to date - 18 x 24 inches. You can see some of the texture throughout if you click the picture to enlarge it.

This is a rather unconventional dog portrait, and I'd love to hear what you think of it.

25 comments:

Lori said...

That is so cool! I absolutely love it. Was it a commission?

the7msn said...

Wow! I love this - the colors and the composition...but I'm a little off center myself.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

I love it! The colors, Cloud's expression - great! I'd really like to see it in person.

My Discworld said...

Cloud is, as always, stunning, but I can't take my eyes off that beautiful red. The waves in it and the depth -- the best likeness I can think of is watching a fire. Always the same but every second something different.

Kathleen Coy said...

Thanks Lori! This is my dog Cloud. I thought it best to do an experimental painting using my dog, lol.

Thanks 7, me too!

Jen, it looks even better in person, I wish you lived closer! :-)

Chris, I think that's the neatest feedback I've ever received on a painting. Thank you! **grins**

Manon Doyle said...

Terrific use of color! I love bold color!! It's perfect for this piece!!

Breathe said...

I like the unconventional feel, it's got a sense of movement and anticipation. Just beautiful!

Caroline said...

I am bewitched by this piece! Love that stunning red and texture as well as the way you've positioned Cloud - dynamic painting!

sam said...

Great painting Kathleen, the composition works really well)

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I love the colors and think Cloud looks so sweet in this portrait.

Dean Grey said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing!

The bold reds have such a wonderful texture to them, Kathleen!

And I love the "unconventional" pose too!

A highly-rendered and strong dog portrait!

Be proud of this one!

-Dean

Kimberly said...

Isn't great when an experiment turns out so right! Cloud looks great in red, Kimberly

Barbara said...

I love this picture! Keep on with the strong color.
Barbara

Life With Dogs said...

I love bold, this is striking!

Kritter Keeper said...

oooh, i like that red!

artbyakiko said...

Fantastic, Kathleen!! Great composition, too. I LOVE IT!
Akiko

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Kathleen, this is superb! I love the viewpoint, and the colors, though beautiful, are almost secondary. You are grabbed immediately by the riveting composition. You GO!

r garriott said...

Very daring and quite marvelous! The composition alone makes for a very striking portrait, the colors add a wonderful emotional component. And the glint of reflected white in his eye draws us back to the handsome subject. Bravo!

Mona said...

Kathleen, all of your dog portraits are wonderful, but this one is my favorite one!! Cloud is definitely your muse, and he looks good in red!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Kathleen, I know you're busy, but I gave you a Sunshine Award on my blog, and you can pick it up there as of Friday... no obligation.

Carolee said...

It's stunning! Cloud is soooooo sweet. :)

~ Carolee

Mira said...

Incredible! I love Cloud's pose. It fits perfectly with the dramatic, bold red. You're such an amazing artist. I wish I could see the painting in person. :P

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cyndarelleux said...

Hi Kathleen--I really love this painting! I think it is just brilliant the way you create a sense of mystique with the position of Cloud's pupil, the vertical upstrokes in brighter red, and the funnel shape above it all (among some other very interesting elements!). The combination generates fascination that makes me not want to look away without knowing what Cloud sees.

Kim Carney said...

I love it!