This was fun! I don’t draw very many cats so I thought this would be a good practice. And it was. I love the prospective. White fur is still a challenge and it certainly doesn’t photograph well for the novice photographer, but I like it. Very relaxing to draw.
What you don’t see in this photo is the big big boo boo I made. When I started this piece I had the bright idea to put tape in the margins so I wouldn’t have to do a lot of erasing at the end. I could have used masking or painter’s tape and that would have been the smart thing to do….BUT NOOOOOOOOO….I thought it would be a good idea to use some cute washi that I had on hand. Big Mistake. I could remove all of the washi, in areas the paper is ripped, and I have an adhesive residue in other areas…..So take a lesson from me, Do not use washi on Bristol Smooth paper, lol
I hope this finds you chillaxing and enjoying these warmer days.
About the drawing: Isn’t she just the cutest! This is the first commission of a puppy I have able able to draw in quite a while. I have missed drawing pet portraits. Drawing animals gives me all the feels and I was very excited to draw this one. She loved it!
Things have been pretty busy around here. We bought a new home, sold our primary home and been working from home. Its been pretty chaotic! So for some reason, I thought it would be the perfect time to change my domain name back to carolottaway.com. I had to change everything on social media too and it took forever! My account on Bloglovin’ is still listing my site as wordpress instead of .com and I can’t seem to change it. Not that it is a big deal or anything but I pay to use the .com so I should be able to utilize it but this is an issue that I will save for another day.
Speaking of moving, I can’t wait to share my office studio with you! Still have a lot to do before everything is set up and my husband is still in awe and amazement of how I fit everything in our little house, lol….(Where there is a will there is a way). It feels weird being in a different home, but it has really worked out with all three of us working from home during the self isolation. We aren’t on top of each other and I am sure if we were in the other home it would be like War of the Roses at the Ottaway household.
I hope everyone is staying safe and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Sunday! This was my first attempt in painting a dog in acrylic. I had chosen this picture because of the superhero pose not really paying attention to the fact that painting a white and black dog would be hard to pull off. Black and white is an inclusion of reflective colors that bounce off the fur from their surroundings mostly and bits of black and white mixed in as low lights and highlights. This pup had a lot of creams and flesh tones in the white but only brown and gray in the black from what I could see. The reference picture was lovely and the photographer really knows her stuff. I was drawn to the photo so I just painted what I saw. I did remove the background, so the dog would really pop. And he/she does.
I painted the portrait on an 8 x 10 linen canvas. I found it extremely difficult to get the softness of the fur and the sharpness of the fine whiskers. Paint would gather or drag on the squared tooth of canvas. If I was working on a large scale it probably would not have been a big deal, but on a small scale? I had lots of issues and many attempts.
Next time, I will either paint on a wood board or prime the tooth out of the canvas for a smooth foundation.
What I liked is that I left everything out, so when I could grab a few minutes, I would paint for a bit. I know I had posted this before but I keep forgetting. I also have another painting to get started and a drawing on the board. I want to get one more painting ready to start, so I can have 3 things going…I will see how it goes. I promise series, but don’t follow through because after I get one thing finished I want to move on to something different, whether it be subject or medium. So we will will see.
This pooch looks very wise and well acquainted with the ways of the world….Like the Yoda of dogs, lol. It wasn’t the easiest to render but I think this will go down to be one of my favorites. The process was so much fun, all shaggy hair! And I bet where ever he is, his belly is full of turkey 🙂
Do you have your tree up?
The holidays are approaching. I can’t say that it completely snuck up on me as I have been seeing Christmas stuff since Back to School shopping. IMO, it is a little much. So, While everyone is doing their Black Friday shopping, I am going to spend the day in my PJ’s and in the studio 🙂