Sad to say, Portia passed away a few days ago. When I received the photos to work from the client, I thought she was a puppy, but actually she was 15 years old. She really looked great for her age. Here is another photo of ( I believe) her peeking through couch pillows, which is absolutely adorable. She will be missed greatly.
This is one on the downtown dogs and I just didn't like the way the fur looked the first time around so I decided to spend a little more time with it. This is for a client that wants to give this as a present for Christmas.
There are about 25 downtown dogs that I will be spending more time on before the book can be completed.
This is my, as Guy puts it "project painting" where I paint a little at a time on it, probably taking weeks or months to complete. Still struggling with the flesh tones and not happy with the eyes look "cold" and the face doesn't "flow". I also want a more realistic look, just not sure how to do it. In the photo he has tattoos on both arms and I'm debating whether to put that in or not. I like the feel of them, but not sure.
Lately I've been layering color using a mixture of linseed oil and mineral spirits. I have used this method before and in some situations it works well.
I have several commissions going on, but can't post them until after Christmas, because the clients have requested they stay a secret.
I also have the Naomi painting still in progress, moving more into the background. Will post photos later.
I did this painting right after I moved to NC and it hangs at my lake house in FL. These wildflowers bloom all around the area and are just gorgeous.
I was thinking about what I'm thankful for because I guess it's Thanksgiving and that's what we should do and I always do feel energized and centered when I do - I really should do it more often. I am overwhelmingly thankful to be in a relationship with someone who is unselfish, unconditional, who just loves for me to paint and supports me no matter how much time I spend doing it. I'm thankful my son who is creative and living his life to the fullest he is able to right now. My mom who is always just a phone call away for advice and to make me laugh. My sister, who constantly inspires me with her strength. My friends, who inspire me creatively. All of you, who keep me painting. The universe that is constantly taking care of me and my sobriety.
Since being at the lake, I've had a lot of time to work on Christmas commissions and enjoying every minute.
If you are thinking about a pet commission, now is the time to put in your order so the painting can be done by Christmas. I do offer framing at a reasonable price if needed and it always a nice presentation for a gift. Just email me and let me know.
Everyday when it starts to get cold Chumley searches for spots of sunlight to sleep in. One of his favorites is my chair in front of the computer. Unfortunately for him the chair spins and when he jumps up it starts up - it's quite funny to see and once it stops he goes to sleep until I need to sit, then he goes off and finds another sunlit spot.
I'm getting ready to mail these out, so I wanted to scan them in and post the final images. I'm really proud of these two paintings. I feel as far a pet portraiture this is the direction I'm wanting to take... lot's of detail in the fur, spending more time on the paintings, etc.
I can really see the where the Downtown Dogs have brought me as far as skill and mind-set and that the 100 dogs was a long exercise to get me here. I really love working in detail and getting "lost" in the painting.
I'm taking a few of the Downtown Dog paintings that I wasn't completely happy with when they were done with and going back over them and adding more detail.
Here is one I just completed. The original was flat and "un-puppy like"
Still have a lot of work to do on this - studying up on mixing flesh tones. I really don't feel comfortable with it yet - it's a lot harder than it looks. Flesh tones have so many colors and transparencies. It has to look alive and not "plastic", I've been looking at artists like Jeremy Lipking and Michael Klein who are the masters of people painting, trying to see how they do it with developing my own style.
If you would like to see their work, here are their sites - amazingly, they are both very young, but incredibly talented.
I saw this photo in a friend's photo file and asked if I could paint it - I love the contrast of the two figures.. this kind of tough guy with this helpless little dog. It reminded me of Michelangelo's Pieta in a way - really just hit me right.
I worked on this last night and a little tonight. It'll probably take me quite a while to finish - If it comes out the way I'm thinking it should - it'll be a good one to submit to competitions.
I started this commission and thought it was going pretty good, then realized the whole body was off, the head was too big, legs were too small, etc. She looked short and squat taking away from the "regal look" she needs for this portrait. So, I started over on another canvas.
I painted on this for about 4 hours and I already feel better about this - it has (as my sister puts it) good cha-cha.
I'll send more photos as it progresses.
Don't forget about the Toys Show at the Cameron Thursday!