Friday, 9 December 2011

09/12: MORE DOGGY DOINGS!

What a difference a day makes - yesterday we were being buffeted with high winds and torrential rain and had to have lights on in the house all day, today dawned with brilliant blue skies and barely a breeze.     The birds who had all been conspicuous by their absence in the bad weather yesterday returned in droves today devouring the peanuts and fatballs, making up for lost time ...

This is the latest update sent to my client yesterday for approval/critique - unfortunately the light was horrible so this was the best photo I could manage.    You know how some animals just 'touch' you, well this was definitely one of those for me .... she may have been found as a stray on the streets, but what a gorgeous face she has ... just oozes personality I think!



This is the latest dog on my drawing board .... a blue roan cocker spaniel which I'm drawing/painting in pastels on light grey pastelmat - this portrait is smaller than the pastels I've been doing recently and it was a bit of a struggle at first to get all the fine detail into the 12" x 8" size .... my respect for miniaturists has just increased considerably :-)

I started her portrait yesterday but due to poor light conditions didn't take any WIP photos ... this was photographed tonight but will work more on her on Sunday to obtain a better photo I can send to the client for critique.   A unique feature of this spaniel is the different colours in the eye membranes - not an artist's error :-)      One of the reference photos I have for this dog is a picture of her fast asleep on a chair with those wonderful ears spreadeagled across the upholstery ... it would have made a very amusing study but perhaps not a 'classic' portrait pose !!


8 comments:

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

I love both you 'doogy doings' - Sue - you sure are a whiz at doing fur!!! :)

Jennifer Rose said...

the weather was horrible, guess there are a bunch of branches down in the park :/

awww at the dogs :D love the wet nose looks :)

Colette Theriault said...

Lovely rendering Sue; love the colors and highlights on both dogs and the curls on those ears are so lifelike it feels like I can stroke my fingers through them.

sue said...

Thanks Karen, Jennifer and Colette - the next dog on the drawing board has 'unruly' hair but its back to two legged subjects after that!

Paula said...

They look great! I love them both! A fantastic job on the detail on such a small size :)

Dream-Quest Studio said...

Love the stray dog portrait! You really captured a warm loving feeling coming from those eyes! Great Job!

sue said...

Thanks for commenting - I really appreciate your kind words. I try very hard not to let the run-up to Christmas become like a production line so its great to have a good mix of subjects/sizes/mediums (media)?

Chrissy said...

Both pieces of work are your usual high standard but, I especially love the top one, he has such a cute face ;-)