Friday, April 27, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The person whose dog this is chose to purchase the painting, but there is no obligation to purchase anything at all from me. I just need good images of dogs to paint, and I don't have the time to go out and find dogs to photograph and paint on my own all the time. So it's a win-win situation for all of us.
Hope you like this one. I think pit bulls are such beautiful dogs. Headstrong, yes. Mean, no more than any other dog I've ever had -- which in my case is never, never, never. You've heard it a million times, and it's true: Mean or bad dogs come from mean or bad owners. And the reverse is true, too.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It always makes me so sad to do a painting of a dog that is gone. Even with the still-around portraits I do, I become very emotionally invested in painting the dog's (or other animal's) portrait. When I know the dog is gone, it makes doing the painting much more emotionally difficult. It's such a shame that our best four-legged friends live such short lives compared to ours.
Monday, April 2, 2012
I feel I've been learning so much since I've started my daily painting challenge (and, yes, I realize that I'm behind schedule, but it's my challenge and I'm in charge of it). It's also given me a great sense of discipline, too, much more than I've ever had before.
Especially when I'm having a tough time making myself go to the easel, I set a timer for 15 minutes and tell myself that that's all I have to paint this session, just 15 minutes. About an hour or so later, I finally decide to take a break for a while. Works every time.
Starting paintings is easy, and I move along very happily confident in my abilities. Then I reach that middle part of the painting, where everything looks pretty darned hopeless (but I know every one of my paintings has to go through this, and they usually come out the other end just fine). This period is when I most need to push myself to keep coming back to the easel, even when I'm afraid. Then finally I get through this stage, and the sailing is pretty smooth through to the end -- unless I decide that it needs just one more little touch-up -- then one more, then one more, etc. That's when I really get into trouble, and that's one thing I've learned with these daily paintings, is when the put the brushes down.