Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Dawg - the features

Once the background is painted, I like to paint the features of the dog.
That is, the eyes, the nose and mouth.

Once these are done , I know whether or not I will be happy with the painting.
There's usually a moment somewhere when painting these that I catch my breath as I feel the dog come alive.. and then I know the painting will be fine .

That happened with Dawg.. and his features

The colours I use are all non-staining colours - which means that if I decide that some of the darks are too dark, I can lift them out. But I firstly paint them in strong so I get the feel of the piece. Any adjustments can be made when the coat colour of the dog goes in .

The nose of this dog was actually chocolate brown with light brown patches - but I painted him dark brown to begin with, just to make him more solid on the page.
You'll see exactly what I mean on Friday, when you get to see the finished painting .


  1. I looked at this in the wee hours of the morning while feeding the baby. When he went back to sleep I couldn't because I had looked into those big pretty eyes. It got me to thinking on my sweet big baby, and how I wish that I could kiss that big nose of his!

  2. *hugs* hon. xx
    So glad I've got him as you remember him xx

  3. What a lovely smile he has!

  4. thanks, Beryl xx
    He is a beauty!

  5. He's looking good! Can't wait for it to be completed.

  6. It looks like you have a great start going.


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