Monday, December 08, 2008

Doggie's Done

The corgi's are finished and yes, I repainted the ears on the right side dog to the correct actual size. Well, mostly. Maybe a schootch smaller.

welsh corgiCorgi's, oil on canvas, 16"x20"

I made the background a grayed-down violet to pop the many tones of ochre in their coats. Uploading to Google loses something in translation - it doesn't accurately represent the brushwork. The piece is looking somewhat graphic although that could be my lame photography skills. Anyway...

Getting an impression of the personalities of the dogs I never met, I realized a type of intuitive feeling that begins to evolve as the painting progresses. I can say that the dog on the left is friendly, laid back and affectionate. The pooch on the right is the watchdog, nervous and hesitant yet willing. He's intense.

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear". - Dave Barry


Nancy Moskovitz said...

How to handle individual traits that don't read to anyone who doesn't know the pooch is always a challenge. You did a great job!

Sharon Crute said...

Thanks Nancy. It becomes an intuitive feeling that evolves as the painting progresses...almost like you get to know them as you work together. You know, you've done the doggies as well.

Anonymous said...

Love your always perfect quotes.
And how you captured not only essence of Corgi but their two different personalities.
Oh those dog owners are going to be so happy.
It's daunting to take on any kind of portrait for the possible outcome being " not what we expected ".
You got it here.