This is a special Christmas commission of a gorgeous couple of collies. Painted from a mixture of photo reference belonging to the client as one dog has passed away.
Although my preference is to have the clearest possible photo reference to work from, some of my favourite pieces have been produced from limited photos. I think the idea that a painting can produce a memory that exists but not quite in the photos, is the reason I like the challenge of a difficult job. Perhaps it takes away the possible mundanity of merely painting a photo for like.
|The finished painting 20″x14″ pastel on velour.|
|My initial line sketch of the collies and the trees transferred onto the
yellow velour. I don’t plan to use any white in this so the yellow
paper will keep it nice and warm and add to the lush greenery.
|Working from dark to light and using the softness
of the velour to create the soft edges in the background
trees and foliage as the light shines through.
|Working from background to foreground often
from left to right. Sometimes I work an image
in a more flowing way, but when there are such
definite planes of field, I like to tackle them
individually and layer them up.
|Unison Grey 27 is my favourite white highlight
these days. A lovely buttery yellow white perfect
for keeping that warmth.
|Almost there…just to work the foreground.|
|Beautifully framed at Art & Home Holywood
with Clarity glass giving the glass an invisible appearance.
|Close up of the collies|