I was asked to paint this beautiful boy as a surprise birthday gift to someone who follows my art page on Facebook and who loves this gorgeous boy very much! I hope they enjoyed the surprise which I hear has now been gifted, so I’m sharing his progress along with a few snaps from my travels during my time working on this.
The photo reference I worked from. You can see I have cropped and blurred areas in the painting to make the dog more of the central focus. But I couldn’t bear to exclude any of that beautiful foreground. As much effort as it took (I’m not a fan of painting leaves!) I think it was worth it for the effect of the final painting.
My line drawing on the yellow velour and I’m ready to start painting. I haven’t bothered drawing in too much of the leaves etc as I’ll get to that when I’m down that far. First things first though, to decide how to simplify the background.
The lighting in the shot I’m working from is great as it gives real depth and form to Harvey. It catches him on top of his head and nose and this will really give the impression 3D form. You can see I’m saving the lightest colours for those sunlit areas and the rest of his fur has many colours running through it.
At this point we have crossed from the Netherlands over into Germany and this day out was our first German picnic. This was taken in Rees where there was a great sculpture exhibition on at the time we visited. The artist was Christine Morren and I loved how the figures were dotted around the town. They brought such life to the place!
I’m making a couple of new tutorial videos for my Youtube channel from this painting. The nose, mouth and tongue have all been filmed. I’m just editing these videos now so you’ll be able to watch me paint these areas in great detail. Check out my other videos on my channel at www.Youtube.com/EmmaColbertArt
Sharing my workspace with you. This is the u-shaped lounge in the back of our camper. I have all the space I need to work and spread my pastels out around me. I have to be a bit more organised but this suits pastel really well. As always my watch dog is close by to bark at people out the window!
Working on down the background and making a start on that tricky foreground now. I just have to take my time with the leaves as they are something I find really difficult. I think I spent as long on the foreground as the dog itself!
This was me packaging up two pieces to post back to my wonderful framed in Northern Ireland. No matter where I am or where you are based it’s no problem to post. I tend to send them two at a time back to Art & Home where my expert framer handles them with care and frames them ready for collection for my Northern Irish clients.
I also get to see them framed up and waiting for my clients to come in and collect. What a beautiful job the framing makes of any piece. I especially love the light toned frames for really colourful paintings. It lets the colours just jump out at you!
I hope you have enjoyed my progress and travels. Please do subscribe to my Youtube channel if you’d like to see more of my tutorials. Two new videos coming soon!
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