Wednesday, January 15, 2014

6 of 30!

Bosco, 5x5", oil on panel, private commission
I have gotten behind in both my painting and posting.  Yet I give myself cudos for continuing to paint.  Posting became problematic when my laptop crashed and had to go the the nerd hospital for a bit. All is well now, thank heavens!

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. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can


  1. Hi Marion, I found you through the challenge. I just love your painting of Bonzo. I was so drawn to his sweet face, I have a picture of my dog, Zoey, that is almost identical that I have thought of painting myself. I really enjoyed seeing your process, thank you for sharing it. I'm always looking out for a good tip and/or advice! Great to meet you!

    1. Jaime, thanks for your comment. Hope you are playing along with the challenge this month as well. Be courageou!


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