Bonnie the Dandie Dinmont was painted as a surprise Christmas present. The photo reference was a little limited so I painted from a couple of shots using one for pose and another for better lighting.
Hope you enjoy her progress. I was painting on location at Victoria Square market for part of it and didn’t stop to take as many progress shots as usual. A photographer friend managed to snap me in action though!
|The finished painting of Bonnie, pastel on velour 12’x12″
Because this was my last commission of the year and rather last
minute this is only a photo of it. I normally scan my work, but
wasn’t able to before this needed to be posted.
|One of the photos I worked from. Bonnie is on the right and it’s
this shot I used for the pose. The flash of the camera has cast them
in strange lighting so I’m using another photo of Bonnie outdoors
for the colouring.
|You always get a better sense of the colour of the
dog with outdoor photographs. I’m also using
the green grass background to set her off.
|It was very cold this day so I’m well wrapped up…fingerless gloves are useful!|
|The grass around her and a slight shadow give her
some weight in the picture. I have heard that the picture
will be much treasured as a remembrance to Bonnie.
Glad I could produce something special of her 🙂