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)