Saturday, March 26, 2011

Victoria's Dogs

So, I've been working on this painting for much too long. I forget that paintings of more than one animal take longer than if I just did one painting of each animal. There's composition to consider, as well as how the colors relate to one another.

This is as good as it's going to get. Thanks to for the lovely picture.

It doesn't fit on my lettersized scanner.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Favorite Place to Sleep

Meet Loomis. He's every bit the character that he looks, and the painting doesn't even show that he's polydactyl.
I was thinking about naming this Luminescent Loomis because I used some luminescent paint on the faucet and on Loomis' tag.
A little about the Loominator: He was painted because his people were the highest big for a Seattle Animal Shelter auction.
They said they wanted a picture of him in the sink. I asked whether they saw that most of my portraits was of just the animal's face, but they said yes and said it didn't have to be realistic. Perhaps that gave me the freedom to play a bit. Some of my commissions sometimes seem arduous cuz I hear my husband asking whether it's realistic or not. Argh! Really, much of my best work is when I relax just a little bit.............
It actually came together really well. I was happy with the sketch and equally happy with the painting.