Lucy and Rosie, a work in progress pet portrait
These cocker spaniels are a delight to paint! I am still pretty early in the process of painting these pretty dogs but hopefully you can see their personalities beginning to show thru. They are a bubbly, wiggly, soft and cuddly duo. I am having fun with the sutble variations in their coats-- the undertones and highlights but can't get into that too heavily just yet. I am still working on my 'road map' of features and body position-- landmarks might be another way to describe it. I need to lay down the foundation and build from there-- lights and darks.
One of the areas I can not wait to get to will be those ears-- those soft curls and waves with beautiful highlights and deep tones. One of the pleasures of doing pet portraits is painting fur! :)
It is a cloudy, overcast day so I am thankful to be in my studio to paint this morning! My farrier is coming this afternoon to trim my horses hooves so I get to be in my 2 favorite spots today-- the studio and the barn! My dogs enjoy the farrier's visit also. Those of you with horses will know that trimmed horse hooves are a real treat for dogs. Maybe that is TMI for some. :) I can see the cats turning their noses up at the uncivilized way of canines!
Have a great day!
pet portraits in oil