|Bonzo, 5x5", oil on panel, private commission|
Thought I would share with you some of my process:
I start with an image supplied by the pet owner, crop it for a "head shot" and get approval to use it. I upload it into an ap called "AccuView" on my ipad.
I have a special Ipad holder and tripod that I set up next to the panel holder.
I use a grid to sketch the image quickly onto the panel,
then do a transparent underpainting
I then start laying in the opaque colors
there are many moments during a painting when I think, "oh dear, this is a mess!"
I love it when the personality emerges from the paint! I really enjoy painting "head shots" of pets. I find I am not all that interested in painting bodies or rendering patterns of fabrick. Funny how preferences emerge once you paint enough paintings!
I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today.