Today I painted something I have avoided for a long time, for many reasons, firstly although my star model is furry ( big plus for me) she is black, now I do find black animals quite a problem, mainly because it is difficult to see the contours and variations in tone in most photos I have of her. Secondly, although she is beautiful to me, she is not the most photogenic of doggy dudes, fairing better at action photography photo shoots. But after chatting with Jodi from life Inbetween who has been set the challenge to paint a friends dog ( who happens to also be a beautiful black dog) I thought, I should tackle this challenge head on…..well at least Cassie’s ‘head on’ paper….I called cassie into the kitchen and took a few quick photos on the iPad. Well I have to say a big thank you to Jodi, for inspiring me to get on and paint my long awaited portrait of Cassie ‘That’s my girl’
I used Terry Harrison Tarmac, DS bloodstone, DS shadow violet, dr ph Martin bleed proof white, WN burnt umber, and a little paynes grey, a little WN gold brown and WN brown madder, the background is a wash of DS lunar blue, a little flicking, and then when dry I added a little pastel to the background and to the base of Cassie’s body….just because ! Then sprayed with a fixer to seal the little pastel I used. This is a loose sheet of 200lb Saunders coldpress ripped to 28×38 cm. I am so pleased I did this 😀
You can see from the photos just how pleased cassie was, and why she is not the most photogenic, he he.