I rarely photograph my paintings at each stage along the way, but with commissions, I share my progress and have to take regular photographs. For Mick's portrait, I started with about 250 photographs from our photo shoot, which I narrowed down to a few images for his painting. I sent them to Mick's owner and we agreed on the final image, cropped to the canvas size selected (left), which I pushed in Photoshop to see more detail in the dark areas (right).
Below is the pencil drawing on canvas and the first pass underpainting. At that point, we agreed on a darker background, which I tested on the side.
The next pass painting with a darker background and more facial detail is to the left below. The finished painting is to the right. That took several more painting sessions with long dry times for the blue to set.
The canvas wrinkle in the right corner isn't there anymore. It disappears when I spritz the back of the canvas with water and it dries tight again. Canvas wrinkles usually happen during the summer when I prop the wet canvas against a window facing the sun to help it dry faster.
While working on this painting, my neighbor commented on my window drying process, saying that it made her evening dish duty more enjoyable. From her sink, she has a direct view to my drying windows and she loved seeing the happy animal paintings I was working on. It's nice to get that sort of feedback - and I am pleased to report, that the painting of Mick made his human mom very happy with her birthday present!
October 8 & 9, 2016from 11am - 5pm is the annual Ashland Open Studio Tour, and my open studio is also a fundraiser for Sanctuary One! Maps to the studios of 27 local artists are available online and in all Ashland galleries. This event is free to the public. Stop in and say hello!
October 14, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30PM is Sanctuary Wine, a silent auction benefit for Sanctuary One at Grizzly Peak Winery. Join us for an evening of wine, food and fun to raise money to bring in more animals in the coming year!