painting fini! (finished with glazes etc)

finished with glazes and highlighting   

posting this, I can see one or two minor things that need fixing, like madison (the water spaniel)'s mouth - don't care for the brush stroke as it appears on the screen.  I didn't see that in real.  it might be a distortion. 

it's all done - all the fixes that I thought needed doing.  the color is definitely more lifelike and overall the painting has more depth and richness.  I'm pretty happy with it in spite of it being so tight.  I don't like hemming myself in but it worked with this.  so much for all my whining. 

the thing with photo reproduction is because of light and lenses, what's reproduced here isn't quite how the painting appears plus there's some distortion from the lens..daisy's head seems foreshortened and the darks and lights are more intense.  they're more subtle in real, which I'm glad of. 

I tried to eliminate the glare in this photo but that wasn't entirely doable.  it's still wet and my medium is very glossy and lux.  painting still needs a signature. 

this painting is 11" x 14" and smaller than I normally work.  I can't say why - as I recall I grabbed a canvas and started drawing on it with acrylics and liked what I got and it became the underpainting.  it's all serendipity with art.  

I'll show the progression so you can see how I started this.  the above is where it ended.  tada!  (I might fart around with daisy's foot now that I'm looking at it.  but little stuff is all that's left - this painting is done) (for the most part.) (I hope.) (it's like that with any creating.....sometimes the damn things call out in the middle of the night.  very annoying and obsessive. )

this is one of the original drawings from the photo mimi gave me.  done on an ipad and the barest minimum of tools.  I miss working on a PC and using photoshop.  I can't seem to wrap my brain around apple devices for creating.  anyway, I do this sort of preliminary work to find out if I have a feeling for it.  just because I want to do a piece doesn't mean I can.  the subject just might not excite me.  fortunately I liked doing it which meant I looked forward to painting it.  

this is the underpainting - it's how I figure where most everything is going to go and where the lights and darks are.  what's great about working in acrylics, is some of the original color comes through and I get surprises!  in painting, surprises are like christmas presents!

if you read my blog, you might have read where I was pretty upset with having to make this painting.  I felt hemmed in and caged.  I was hating having to work from a photo.  A bad one, at that.  I felt I couldn't come up to my BFF's expectations.  I probably felt I couldn't come up to my own - I have high expectations of me.  Also I'm a big baby when it comes to work and can be too precious for my own good.  what can I tell you?

anyway I settled down and decided I'd better get this done before one of us drops dead.  shit like that happens when you're old.   now I can relax. 

day one of painting

day two - surprise surprise.  it went fast...possibly because of the size.  possibly because I understood the subject (doing the preliminary helps enormously with moving a piece along).  anyway, done.  and at the top of the page, finished. (I think) (always there are caveats.  hahahahha)

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Comment by J.P. Hart on October 5, 2017 at 2:03pm

Nothing but sweet love here upon FM's.  The old man always counseled, ''re your own worst critic....' Maybe just leave perfectionism to God.

I was just outside trying to figure if I could 'straw flower' Gloria's hibiscuses, you know, trimming down the flora-abadonza stems, the white roses, rather a chilly big-drop drizzle here in America's Dairyland and, your portrait actually warmed my heart and flesh . . . maybe a French75 or two and pizza/works from Dominoes during Lester Holt.  And you got me remembering Ly___'s eyes back when I was young, buffed,  modeling for her deft charcoal...we'd laugh away the hours. 

And yeah, shadow boxing a pendulum lamp in the Concord is cost prohibitive; where was I? 

Oh. Dog Hugging!

One day we're singing Imagine along with Stevie Wonder and then wake up once again to bad news walltowall with compartmentalized prayer that the phone doesn't ring. 

Comment by koshersalaami on October 5, 2017 at 2:17pm

Great! It's done, you're happy, your friend will be happy

Comment by Rosigami on October 5, 2017 at 2:18pm

Just wonderful, monkey. I love seeing your process here start to finish. I get it -when it comes to photos, they never really do the finished work justice, do they? I know my skies and water are always a slightly different shade of blue etc than the camera picks up, even with HDR and all that. Maybe it responds to the light source in the room as well as the image on the canvas, I dunno. 

These dogs ARE huggable. Makes me want one, actually. The cats will never agree though. ::sigh::

Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 5, 2017 at 3:01pm

oh JP, gracias for your comment.  it makes me feel really great that it warmed you to see it.  it's a kinda warm painting and I really enjoyed making it, so much so, I was actually surprised.  again thank you!

kosh, YES! done. finally. today I sent a jpg and she and the hubby are happy.  I thought I would frame it for them but I think she wants to buy a special frame.  I'm just glad it's done and off my plate.  

Rosi, thank you.  they're kinda fluffy those dogs...lots of coat.  both of them were great shedders,   madison had that oily water dog coat with all the curls and waves.  I worked it a bit and dealt with the issues and a few others and I'm happy, it's signed and drying.  it should be dry enough to ship in a couple of weeks, maybe sooner.   

if you bring in a puppy or a rescue that's lived with cats, they will teach it to be exactly what they want it to be.  cats rule.

Comment by nanatehay on October 5, 2017 at 7:28pm

I love happy endings, so woot seems like an appropriate response. Process has always fascinated me too, so thanks for sharing this with us from inception to signing. They were good dogs, and the painting captures that - well done, Monkey. 

Comment by marilyn sands on October 5, 2017 at 8:50pm

Great job Foolish M.!  I like where in the final painting - 'the dogs' standout rather than the background colors & you did it.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 6, 2017 at 5:52am

ah Nana, thank you.  I like sharing process because it's much more interesting to me....the road is what important, the destination is gravy.  They really were good dogs - daisy I knew very well - lived with her for a year while we stayed with her people and she was one of the spectacular dogs that takes your life to another level.  they all do, but some of them much more so.  and that, combined with my toonie, who was an american bulldog, the two of them were just magnificent.  madison, was very dear and very damaged..I wasn't around much so she didn't get close to me when I would visit but she was DEVOTED to daisy - she was her lady in waiting.  when daisy died, madison died soon after.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 6, 2017 at 5:58am

Marilyn thank you..they will stand out even more as I glaze this painting and push their bodies (and the background more) into the background...I'm gettin my rembrandt on! 

Terry, I think that comes from the preliminary work.  When I do drawings, it's as if I'm moving my mind into their bodies, it allows me to understand how they place their weight, how muscles relax.  Like madison's body - I'll be pushing that back because what I have in terms of reference is that her body is a tube and I have to push that far away because I find it disconcerting.  thank you for the compliment.  I think Mimi is going to like this.  I liked doing it....I might stick with smaller canvasses for now although I LOVE working bigger and messier and freeing up my arm for the grand gesture.  are you working too?

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 6, 2017 at 12:25pm

PFFFFT!   They aren't playing poker, pool or nuff'in!  

BTW, I didn't know you made apple butter, FM!

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Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 6, 2017 at 4:26pm

HAHAHA.  this bitch doesn't make apple butter.  I don't even GET the point of apple butter because it tastes like some old shit.  I do like apple sauce but I don't make that either unless Im compelled to, like some obscure recipe requires it...home made apple sauce rocks but apples are such a royal pain in the ass to work with, I mostly don't bother.  must be some other bitch. 


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