In this painting, I’m using an Alla Prima (wet-on-wet) technique. It’s particularly fun because, with no drying time in between layers, every brushstroke interacts with the one underneath. They blend and borrow to make something new.
When I’m painting pet portraits I usually need many layers, so I have time to send clients updates and check my work in between. I like doing this because then I can make sure the dog’s features are coming out exactly right in my artwork.
I want to paint Your Dog, not just any dog.
But breed studies like this Yorkie painting allow for more looseness. Here I’m painting a more general Yorkshire Terrier, so if her nose is a little longer or her fur sits a bit flatter, it’s no big deal.