Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lab adore WIP 7

I have been working nearly all day doing the pen work for Harry's fur over the watercolour that I put in yesterday. It's really relaxing working with the pen, even more so because I can curl up on the sofa with the board on my lap while I'm doing it. I've only done the top section but you can see how it makes him come alive.

Do you remember how dark the shadow on my son looked against the white paper. I was convinced I had gone too dark but when I had put the pen work on Harry I actually needed to make the shadow even darker!
I need to paint in the mouth section next and the rest of the watercolour fur background. I'm looking forward to painting in his drool (grin)


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lab adore WIP 6

Thanks again for your positive comments by e mail.

I have finally finished my son and am now beginning the initial colour wet on wet washes on the face of Harry my dog. This is just to establish the lights and darks and colour variations in the fur. Its amazing when you start to really look at black fur how many colours you can see. I have used Paynes grey, ultramarine blue, sepia, raw umber and ivory black. I am going to use a black pen to draw in the fur on top of this so this will merely be what shows through. I have painted his eyes in detail and will now begin adding the fur from the eyes outwards.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lab adore WIP 5

Thanks for all your feedback by e mail. I am glad you are enjoying the painting process. I have finished around the eyes of my son, painted in his freckles and painted his clothes all apart from the zip. I am now starting to paint in his hair. I know a couple of you have asked if you can see a close up of the eyes and skin so especially for you here one is. I love how working on hot press gives such a smooth finish to the skin.

so here is a photo of the whole painting so far. I am looking forward to finishing my sons hair so I can begin working on Harry.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lab adore WIP4

Over the last couple of days my son has gone through quite a transformation in the painting. I finished all the under painting and he looked recognizable but a very strange colour

then layer by layer I added glazes of perm rose, brown madder, quin gold, burnt sienna, burnt umber and then used brown madder to rosy his cheeks a little more and caput mortum for the shaded areas.

His face looks a little pinker in this photo than it looks in the real painting. I hope you get the idea though. Next I need to add his freckles and give him some eye lashes, eye brows and hair but for today I'm done.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lab adore WIP3

I have finally finished the background and have begun the under painting on the face of my son. I love this stage, looking at all the colours in the skin beneath the flesh tones which create the light and shade and transform the 2D sketch into a 3D image. He does look a bit 'bruised' at this stage but this will disappear once the skin tones are glazed over the top. For the underpinning I am using brown madder, caput mortum, ultramarine blue, hookers green and quin gold. Have a look at someone's face and see if you can see all the colours that are there.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Lab adore WIP 2

Thank you for all your lovely comments by e mail and here on the blog. I had hoped to have the the leafy background finished by today but the lovely weather tempted me outside into the garden this afternoon. For those of you wanting to know the size of the painting and what paper I am using it is about 23 by 17 inches and I am using Arches hot press 140gram paper. I love the smooth texture of the hot press paper. It is lovely to work on if you want to put detail in and is also my personal preference when I am painting portraits as it gives a lovely smooth appearance to the skin.

To paint the leaves I am using a combination of sap green, hookers green, Burnt sienna, raw sienna, cadmium orange, brown madder and caput mortum. Hopefully I will finish them over the next couple of days.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lab adore background

I have begun working on a leafy maple background and am using many of the same pigments that I will use when I paint my son and Harry. First I painted in a wet on wet background using sap green with a touch of burnt sienna and brown madder with a touch of rose madder. Then when dry I painted in some Japanese maple leaves using a mixture of brown madder and caput mortum. I am planning to paint the rest of the maple leaves in early fall colours so I can pick out the more orange and golden brown hues that can be seen in Harry's eyes.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Another portrait in progress!

I haven't talked about how my paintings evolve from my original ideas for a while so I thought with my next painting I would share my journey with you.

My daughter recently pointed out to me that I have now finished several paintings using photo's of her brother as a baby as references but none of him now as a teenager and that lots of you might think she has a younger brother and not an older one. I thought I'd better rectify this. My son is very fond of our older Labrador Harry, as Harry is of him. Being a typical Labrador though, Harry is also extremely food orientated and frequently gets himself in trouble because of his food obsession. We often joke telling people that Harry is on a strict seafood diet... see food ... eat it. I thought this would be a fun dual concept to play with. In my painting I want to convey the closeness between Harry and my son. But what is it exactly that Harry our Lab adores most?

From the drool I am guessing that maybe he has spotted a burger cooking on the BBQ or maybe even a plate of pancakes and ice cream with some maple syrup drizzled over the top. From the smile on his face I think our son knows what Harry has spotted too. He knows him too well.

I hope you can make out the outline well enough. It is extremely difficult to get a good photo of a faint pencil outline so apologies if it's a bit grey. I will post an update in a couple of days when I have painted the background. I hope you will enjoy following along as this one is painted.