When it comes to portraits, I take on only a select few commissions each year, for customers who enjoy the fact that I paint a “likeness” of a person with maybe some slightly exaggerated features, enhanced colors, and my own made-up background patterns. And when it comes to animal portraits, I only paint dogs. I do find them irresistible with their unique personalities and trusting eyes. With that said, a couple of “Girl and Dog” assignments came my way recently, I happily took them on, and here are results of the first one.
My latest portraits are all created on cradled wooden panels (not canvas) because I feel that they allow for better detail capture, especially when, in the end, I enhance my painting with pen. Here are Girl and Husky – done from a photograph, with acrylic and pen.
(I left the painting like this, with “Zombie Eyes”, for sometime to complete a few other projects. Eventually my studio assistant begged me to fill them in because they were frightening her.)
Wheew – eye are present. Now, to get to those little details.
And – final result below! Now I just want to meet and hang out with that happy husky.