Friday, February 25, 2011

My favorite painting of Cloud yet!

Turning on the Charm
18 x 14 inch oil on board. © 2011 Kathleen Coy

I couldn't resist painting this pose of my Rat Terrier, Cloud. He has the most expressive face I've ever seen. This is the sixth painting I've done of him (he is my little muse), and it is my favorite one to date.

Here are a few work in progress photos. In this one, I've laid down some background color and started painting his face.


Now I'm blocking in the main colors, trying not to get too detailed, but paying attention to the way the light falls on his fur. Oh those ears, how I love them!


Most of his face is blocked in now. The next step is to go back and refine everything.


And the finished painting. Not much in the way of a background because I wanted all the focus to be on Cloud. His head and neck have a nice solid sense of form to them, more so than some of my older pieces I think.

I hope you've enjoyed the painting and this series of photos.

Much love,

12 comments:

Barbara said...

It's gorgeous!

Julia Guthrie said...

Beautiful Kat! I love the progress shots too.
I love your colour schemes...so peaceful & calming :)

Priscilla said...

It's so beautiful! You're so talented and artistic!!! My mom can't even hold the brushes and let alone do the painting, Teehee!

Karen said...

Very beautiful Kathleen :-)

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

He's sooooo suave!

You've captured it so well!

Khyra is so jealous of his mom's talents - especially when her mom can barely draw with sticks ;-)

Thanks for sharing!

Emma Rose said...

Love it, love it, love it!!! He is so adorable and you are so very gifted..

Kisses,
Emma Rose

Kimberly said...

Hi Kathleen, great to see Cloud again. I've been away from this for a while but slowly getting back in. Your work, as always, beautiful, Kimberly

Linda said...

I can see why, its a stunner, of course as Prince(woof) points out you have a great subject :)Lindax

Danmark said...

Thank you for sharing this pictures to us,,congrats you made a great job.

VanityofVanities said...

I actually love Cloud's eyes. So expressive and adorable.

Cheers,
Cathy@manometer

vinaya said...

This is so beautiful....Thanks for sharing the making too...
i must say the expression on cloud's eyes is lovely!
good i stumbled upon this blog today:)

David said...

i loved its beautiful