11 x 14 acrylic on canvas
Copyright Carole Rodrigue 2011
Hi everyone, while I've been busy working on still lifes and planning future art projects, I've painted this Yellow Lab portrait as a gift for someone I know. His dog's name is Kayla and she's an old girl. Kayla just turned 10 so I thought a portrait would be a great gift. You might think Kayla looks young, and you're right, she does. I deliberately smoothed the colors and details to give a youthful glow. I had at first painted in all her wrinkles and thought, what lady wants her wrinkles painted? So, off they came.
I've added pictures of the work in progress below to show how I painted Kayla.
I started out here by transfering a rough image of Kayla on the canvas, then drawing over some of the details with charcoal.
And here's a close-up of the final portrait. I didn't show all of the layers that were painted between the last photo and this one since there was a lot of work and many more layers added. What is important to note here is that I didn't paint every single hair. I painted some, which gives the impression from up close of having painted in more hair than I actually did. Also, more blue was added in the fur since the backlighting is provided by daylight streaming in through a window. This blue also creates shadows and complements the golds and oranges in the painting. While the blues don't jump out at you, they are everywhere in the painting and provide a more realistic piece.
I hope you`ve enjoyed this one, and come back to see some still life soon! Thanks for dropping in!