The Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dogs, named after the city of their origin: Brussels, Belgium. I loved working from this gorgeous professional photograph which was taken by Tully's owner.
Tully's face in this photo has so much expression, it just makes me smile!
The painting was created on a large 30x24 wrap around stretched canvas. As with all my acrylic work, I start with a Cadmium red under coat. Next, I used a Hooker's dark green to place the general shapes of my composition in place while keeping it loose and simple.
Then I add white paint on top of the dark green to indicate the highlighted areas. The beauty of acrylic is that it dries so quickly, allowing you to adjust and correct mistakes easily. I continue to add layers of Naples yellow and Portrait pink to indicate light shining through on Tully's adorable face. Working with light and dark shades of green pushing and pulling the foreground and background together leaving specks of the orange/red undercoating peeks through.
This painting was so fun to paint, playing with the paradoxical idea of a tiny image with a large personality! As with all my pet portraits, my hope is that their owners look at my paintings and smile because they see the personally of their pets.
My apologies for not posting for a while, gratefully my commissions have kept me busy. Now that the lazy days of summer are here, I have a little more time to catch up on my blogging. 2017 has been an exciting year of learning new application and approaches to my creative journey. I took an acrylic workshop in January with the very talented artist Jane Slivka. Working with Acrylic paint is very different from watercolor mainly because you can use white paint, repaint over an area without making it muddy and create huge pieces.
The basic painting steps that Jane Slivka taught were simple. First, you paint your canvas a Cadmium Red also known as a "undercoating," allowing a warmth to your finished painting, as well as tiny slivers of bright orange peeking through as you cut-in your background.
Next, take a dark Hooker green (which looks like black) and loosely paint the general shapes of your composition. Adding white to build your details. In the reference photo, I didn't like that the dog's eyes were closed, so I used a different photo of a Yorkie to show more expression on the pup's face.
Adding layers of color on top of each other the painting starts to take form. My style of painting is loose impressionistic with a playful touch. Notice how the orange undercoat pop through on these close ups of the finished painting.
I enjoy painting unique and lively paintings, inspired from photos sent by the people who treasure them.