Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We had our daughter home from school which was a gift in itself and had some wonderful visits with family and friends. As usual, time certainly flew by and now it’s 2017!
A few weeks before the holidays, I created this painting “Bella.”
Bella is my sister’s dog and the painting was her Christmas present. I visited my sister last February and got to know Bella. We went for a few walks and she kept me company while my sister was at work.
When I began the painting, I had a few concerns about painting a “white” dog. But I was in luck, as my painting process worked great for this type of painting.
I work from dark to light, starting with a dark under-painting and then getting lighter as the painting progresses. I also work back to front, laying in the background and then moving forward getting lighter and more detailed, thinking of my painting in “parallel planes” or chunks of parallel space that stack up as I move forward towards what is closest to me.
For this painting, I started with a deep gray background to compliment the grayish undertones in her fur. I then blocked in a slightly smaller shape of the dog with grayish white. Then I added hair and details, with each layer getting lighter and lighter, and I refined the shape of the dog with each layer. For her features, I did the same process dark to light, adding details to the nose and eyes. The final steps were adding highlights to the eyes and her whiskers. It was hard to not paint the whiskers in earlier as I really wanted to paint them! 🙂
I do enjoy painting animals, the hair and fur are especially fun to paint. But of course, my favorite part was painting the eyes! (I know, those of you who are familiar with my art are not surprised.)
A few more animals are sure to make it to my easel this year. Along with more “Wildish Spirits” and a new series of feminine vintage memories that I began working on over the holidays.
I look forward to hearing what all of you have planned for the new year and wish you a wonderful, creative, year, Janell