Saturday, August 21, 2010

More work on Martin's portrait

I've done some more work on Martin. If you recall, I had sketched him on the canvas, then changed his ears to make them look less pained and afraid. Despite his circumstances, I want this painting to be a remembrance that he got to experience the love of a family, even if it was oh so briefly, before he passed on.

I'm happy to report that many of the other dogs seized in the case are improving greatly! See the previous post if you missed the story.

Now, on to the progress photos of Martin's portrait:

First I tone the canvas to create a beautiful soft glow:


And start blocking in the dark areas:


Starting his eyes and nose here. Those eyes that look right through to your soul. Those eyes that still loved people even after the abuse he went through. The eyes that made people around the world fall in love with Martin the moment they saw his photos...


Starting on his muzzle and refining his fur patterns here:


Working on his beautiful coat and starting on the background. There's still a lot of work to go, and once everything is blocked in, I'll go back and refine things.


I'm extremely happy with this painting so far. It feels like it's coming straight from my soul.

Hopefully the next post will show his completed portrait. Stay tuned...

Much love,

12 comments:

victoria eugenia said...

PRECIOSA LA PINTURA. Te felicito por tu buen gusto al pintar y la bonita expresion que le das. Saludos. Victoria.

houndstooth said...

It's looking great so far!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

A beautiful start! What wonderful eyes, you really can see his essence.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Once again, your talent shows -

Whether they are 'here' or across The RB, they feel comfortable letting you KNOW them!

Thanks for sharing your gift!

sophie said...

Hi...I'm your newest follower...looking frwd to watching your offerings. I'm a Labradoodle from Nova Scotia, Canada. Cheers!

K. T. Sparks said...

Beautiful and the color is so wonderful! I just love your talent!

Varun said...

Eyes look awesome!! nice job!

Ness Forest said...

Congratulations!!!
Fine Art!!!

KD Jewelry said...

It always amazes me to see people with your kind out talent. Beautiful!

Julia Guthrie said...

His beautiful expression & knowing his story brings a lump to my throat :) xxx

Darrell said...

Sure hope you produce prints of this amazing portrait! I'd buy one, and know lots more who would, too.

Dean Grey said...

It's coming along beautifully, Kathleen!

-Dean