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.