Dog Portrait Art in Turquoise and Pink
Libby and her huge pink glasses were amazingly fun portrait to paint as a dog portrait! So much so, I want to share some of the process that went into this painting.
Big portraits are already awesome, because they have big visual impact. When you see them in person or on the wall it feels like BAM! Art. I love making that feeling happen.
Libby helped me make this dog portrait something special by sporting rad pink glasses that lent themselves perfectly to a high-key background. Add a splash of turquoise and shining silver highlights to those fashionable frames, and we get one delightful dog painting.
In order to accommodate the brightness of those glasses, my painting process for Libby’s portrait was a little different than usual. High-key or very saturated colours tend to be more translucent. Adding white would increase the opacity, but wash the colour out. So I needed to paint layers of reds (Cadmium light and dark, and magenta) on pure white.
My usual loose splashy underpainting had to be reigned in—and occasionally touched up, dried, and painted over. Another way to achieve a similar effect is with masking tape, but because I moved the location of the frames a couple times, I would have wound up re-painting anyway.
The final painting has a much different feel than the reference!
But that’s definitely Libby.
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