‘That’s my girl’ watercolour and a little pastel

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 InbetweenΒ 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 Β 200lb Saunders coldpress ripped to 28×38 cm. I am so pleased I did this πŸ˜€

You can see from the photos just how pleased cassie was, and why she is not the most photogenic, he he.


‘That’s my girl’ Cassie kelpiexlab 28x38cm coldpress Saunders watercolour and a little pastel


About REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate

My name is Rebecca Evans, living in the New Forest I have been inspired to paint the many animals often seen around me. Having ridden since Childhood, painting equines was a natural path to follow. I use a variety of media, watercolour, oil, charcoal, pastel,inks, plus a few more, infact I will try most things. Choosing the medium to work with can really change the effect of the art, and therefore the character of the animal. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it is the mood from within me which determines which medium I choose to use. I never know what might inspire me next, but if it’s hairy, I will be sure to try.
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47 Responses to ‘That’s my girl’ watercolour and a little pastel

  1. Oh she is absolutely delightful- those ears are a wonder! Beautifully done Rebecca!🐾🐾

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  2. Teri C says:

    She’s beautiful! I admire your painting such a beautiful black for her.

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  3. Gosh what a beautiful job, Rebecca! You do make it look so easy! Thanks for inspiring the rest of us, as always!

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  4. Jodi says:

    Oh Rebecca! Look at you just whip this up! Your Beautiful Cassie!!!! And oh how sweet to show and tell me how it is done!!!! What a dear you are! I love love love how beautiful you did this!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for caring! Thanks for wonderful talented YOU! Hugs to Cassie! ❀

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    • Thank you jodi, I am so pleased you like her, I started painting her straight away after your email πŸ˜€but really,really a big thank you to you, you made me do it, the idea of painting Cassie was shelved for so long it had gotten so dusty and almost forgotten about, your reminder was inspirational, then after taking those iPad pictures of her yesterday, I thought one was just perfect to paint from…the best I have ever achieved in photo quality for painting from, good old iPad! Some of the colours listed maybe helpful to you for Slinky, or similar other brand equivalents that you may have?❀️❀️

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  5. Awwww this is perfect!! Wonderful likeness and I think she agrees!! She seems proud in the pic!! Love it! 😍

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  6. Arvind says:

    Exceptional! I was so moved by how you captured that expression as if she is hust about to say something.

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  7. wow….amazing job! funny how you downplay it and then to take a good, close look, I am blown away! those eyes couldn’t be any better. By the way, I love DS Lunar Blue! one of my favorites!

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    • Thank you Margaret, lunar blue-I had never used it before, apart from a small swatch, I had no idea it would granulate so much, I have to admit I panicked, not really sure if I liked the effect as a background, so I flicked in some of the other colours I had used, but as it dried, I wish I had left it to do its own thing…now I know.
      Bloodstone does the same thing, and was useful as I needed some areas to go darker as I built up the layers, I didn’t want a harsh black, but nothing else was working for the job, so I tried this bloodstone also by DS, and I think it worked a treat, because as it granulated it showed through peeps of the under colour( although the granulation is not as obvious where used in much smaller areas).
      I was really happy with the eyes, in fact the gold brown (WN? Can’t remember without going to the box) was also an unopened new colour for me, worked great for the eyes, with a tad of dotting of the madder in places. A change from my usual few colours….some of those are still in there of course, my fav being Tarmac by Terry Harrison. I really enjoyed painting my girlie πŸ˜€


  8. Snehal Kank says:

    Awwww! She is so cute 😍Your painting is adorable Rebecca πŸ’œI love dogs and every dog on earth is cute πŸ˜€πŸ˜

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  9. beverlydyer says:

    This is adorable!! Those eyes!!

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  10. Sharon Mann says:

    Oh, what a sweet face.

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  11. Wow you are really talented at capturing the essence and soul of a dog. I feel like I am looking at this dog in person!

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