I had some acrylics left over from my class so I thought I’d use them to practice what I learned in my last painting class. The messages from class: form makes a strong painting, value is important in the “reading” of the painting, and finally, a photo can be somewhat of a tyrant. It is nice to depart from the photo. It is somewhat of a revelation (at least for me) that this is what allows for interpretation.
This was only roughly drawn from a photo. Using what I learned in class, I did a quick value study and used the study as the basis for the painting. I like the painting because it is mostly drawn from memory, and painting it helped me remember this sweet dog.
For this commission, the client provided several photos of the dogs sitting in her house. She wanted them placed in a favorite location on the East Coast. It was a challenge, but a welcome imaginary trip to the ocean during the pandemic lockdown.
I lost my Lilly in June of last year, so I know how difficult it is to lose a canine friend. AJ was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Golden Retriever cross. His head is like the spaniel, but the color is Golden Retriever for sure!