Friday, January 02, 2015

2 of 30

Grand Old Lab, 5x7", oil on panel
Private Commission
#2 0f 30
This piece was commissioned as a gift. Unfortunately this dog is deceased so I was forced to work from less than perfect photo reference.  Such is life at times...

Photo reference was blurred and grainy but I loved the ears!

First I lay in a transparent underpainting...

Then I work in opaque colors.  The background needed to be darker to show off the coat.

I hope they like the portrait. It's always bittersweet to paint a deceased pet.  I will deliver it next week, after it dries.

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

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