Sunday, 31 January 2010

Gordon - Stage IV

In this stage, the colours are painted on Gordon.
I've given him one red eye open and one eye closed.
The shading helps to add to the feeling of the painting.
He feels as if he's a little grumpy and bored, that he can't be doing with talking to anyone .

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Gordon - Stage III

In this stage the foreground washes are built up.
Doing this makes Gordon "sit" a bit further back in the painting.

I sit back when I've done this stage and take a good look at him, before I go any further.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Gordon - Stage II

The background washes go in.

Architecturally speaking, Gordon is not a Gargoyle, but a Grotesque.
The difference being, Gargoyles would have had a water spout for dispersing rain water - their main function.
Grotesques on church buildings were intended to keep evil outside the church, and possibly to remind people what hell was like if they didn't go in!

But, in common with many others, we call all our Grotesques, Gargoyles :)

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Gordon Stage 1

I have a few gargoyles in my garden, I love their little faces.
The first one was bought as a present for hubby - who promptly named him Gordon.

I thought it was about time I tried to paint Gordon's miserable little face :)

So here's the first stage, the drawing.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Missy becomes a Critic

So now, in the winter, I sit at the table and paint.
Nice big oak dining table, beautifully comfortable leather chairs.

Missy lies behind me under the radiator, keeping warm.

I get up to the computer to load the finished painting and look who's in my chair!

Thank heaven she approved of the painting :)

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Splat! goes Missy

Ben McFuzzylugs created a felted bookmark of my darling Missy, especially for me, from a photo I provided.

The amount of work that goes into creating these little felted pieces of art is immense - and greatly appreciated.
I shall enjoy reading my books all the more now I have such a wonderful bookmark.

If you'd like a felted bookmark of your own, contact BenMcFuzzylugs through her Etsy shop ... click here
10% of every sale of felted animals goes to a bowel cancer charity . What a lovely woman she is!

My darling Missy... as a Splat! bookmark

Monday, 25 January 2010

Kindly ... the finished painting

Here she is..

much loved, greatly missed.. I so hope this painting rekindles happy memories for Kindly's mum.

the Darling girl...


Sunday, 24 January 2010

Kindly.. the tongue!

I'm happy with the features around the face so now its time to paint the tongue.

A glorious tongue and a very interesting shape, one I enjoyed making come alive.
You can really feel the character in this darling little dog, now.
Next I'll be painting the fur and shadows and you'll see Kindly in all her glory.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Kindly.......eyes and nose

now I am completely happy with the background, the cushions and the shadows -
I have painted Kindly's eyes and nose and a few grey hairs.

Now she starts to feel alive to me and I talk to her softly, telling her how loved she was and how much her mum loves and misses her.
The connection helps me to paint more feeling into each and every dog I paint.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Kindly... the shadows

Now was time to put the shadows on the cushion

and in places under the cushion.

The shadows really make the cushion seem three dimensional

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Kindly.... the cushion

Once the first wash was on the pattern,

it was time to build up the washes

in an effort to make the cushion look real

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Kindly...the background

After I was happy with the outline drawing,

it was time to paint the background.

Because Kindly was a little girl, I chose a pink background.

I also painted a base wash of red on the cushion's circle pattern.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Kindly.. the drawing


was a Japanese Chin, greatly loved and sorely missed.

Kindly's owner worked in Battersea in the Veterinary department.
She was there when my Missy was resident, and had her in her care.

A small world that we should both meet on an online dog forum.

This painting is my thanks - in a small way - to the sterling job that Kindly's mum did for my Missy - and no doubt - for many other dogs.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Splat! by Ben McFuzzylugs

Recently one of my friends had a birthday - and for her present I commissioned two felted bookmarks from the Splat! range by BenMcFuzzylugs Click her name to see her shop.
Check out my blog list to see BenMcFuzzylugs blog.

My friend loved the bookmarks - she thought they were brilliant!

Tonto and Eddie in the Splat! style

Sunday, 17 January 2010

The Setter Crew - the finished painting

As Deacon gets completed, so does the painting.

I'm very pleased with how it has turned out.

The Setter Crew

Saturday, 16 January 2010

The Setter Crew- stage Six

Now that Remy has been painted, I work my way across from left to right - because I am right handed. This saves me accidentally damaging what I've already painted.

The darling Jamie is next in .

Friday, 15 January 2010

The Setter Crew- stage Five

Now that the background is done, the eyes and noses on all the dogs done and my personal touch in, I progressed to painting the first dog, Remy.

Beautiful girl - darling Remy.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

The Setter Crew- stage Four

In this painting, I added in a little of myself, in that I changed the collar colour to brown and made the tag a red heart shaped one.

I love to add a personal touch to my paintings.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

The Setter Crew- stage Three

Once the background washes were in, I started painting the dogs.

I always paint the eyes and nose first, if I'm happy with those, the painting will progress .

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The Setter Crew- stage Two

Once I was happy with the drawing of the three setters, I put in a set of back ground washes and left them to dry.

Monday, 11 January 2010

The Setter Crew - stage One

I was recently asked to paint a picture of three English Setters, all together.

Having received the photos, I made this initial drawing

from left to right,
Remy, Jamie, Deacon

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Missy in the Snow

Missy in the snow..

What? You can't see her?

that might be because she's really here :)

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Mini - the finished painting

And here's Mini, after all the stages are complete.


To see Mini alongside Cooper,
click on Beryl's Musings

Friday, 8 January 2010

Mini IV

Painting the body of Mini in the loose style

now all that is left to do is her eye, her nose, her collar and her toy and the painting is done.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Mini I

Pencil drawing of Mini, ready to paint in the loose style technique.
Mini is one of two poodles, the other being Cooper.

Both dogs were painted by myself and Beryl on a painting day.
Sometimes its nice to have company when you paint.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Waiting for the Call -Stage Five

Stage five,

second set of washes on the dog

The foreground and any further shadows are all that are left to do before the painting is complete.
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