Sharing a little portrait from before Christmas. Hope you enjoy my progress on Blake the Akita.
This is Blake who I painted from this beautiful photograph taken in bright light. The client wanted a plain background which I thought worked nicely with the warm tones in Blake’s coat. The only thing I did in the painting was to decrease some of the contrast in the coat so you can see his eyes etc more clearly.
I like how the light catches the end of the tongue creating a nice shadow. You can also see the rough layers on his muzzle. These suggest the direction of the fur but are more about blocking in colour than about individual hairs at this stage.
Using lots of vibrant red throughout his coat. I often get asked about the vibrant colours in my Unison pastel Animal set but I use them so often. You can find splashes of vibrant colour in darker coats in sunlight. This will give their coat a realy sunny glimmer.
We try to collect little pieces we like from different places as well as artist friends. In this one you can see our little print of Michelle Lucking’s amazing wave painting.
Also when I visited home in December, I received the most special Christmas gift from my sister. She has an extreme love of crotcheting, a passion I have dabbled in. But she takes it to other levels! This blanket is unbelieveably complex. A treasured addition to Freda!