I wanted to do another in the series of my dog Brocci who makes a brilliant model! This set up is very similar to another piece I did called ‘Keeping Watch’ which you can see here Keeping Watch
For this piece though I really wanted to try and use a more vibrant palette and try to capture how that room glows when the sun shines in. This is where photo reference comes into good use I think. I like to use photos in two ways. Firstly I sometimes use small elements from photos like the flowers from one and a character from another. In this case I set this scene up with the painting in mind. In my dining room I moved around the plants and my very willing helper decided to have a sniff which she’s quite good at.
|‘Heaven Scent’ Pastel on velour 12″x19″|
|Sketched out and onto the velour. Going to block
in bits of the background first. This is quite a small piece
so I find working in certain areas first helps to keep it
|Doing the same on the floor by using lots of
orange reds with shades of yellowy green for
a real warm glow.
|This is the edge of my dining room table with a
‘purple shamrock’ or ‘love’ plant also called the
Oxalis Triangularis. A beauty of a plant and it
featured in my other painting too.
|The vase of hydrangea and lupine which both
grow in mum’s garden. This was mainly done with
very small pieces of pastel and small loose dots and dabs.
|Laying down the dark shades first. There won’t be much
detail on the bottom half of her anyway as she’s in
shadow. But I wanted the green line down her back
give her some reflective glow from the walls around her.
|Close up of the finished painting.|