The Eye of the Dog
I labored for hours today painting this dog portrait for the upcoming Bark! Show at Natsoulas Gallery in Davis California beginning in February. It was a joy to see the personality of Scooter come shining through stroke after stroke. What was difficult with depicting the curly hair that drew me to this dog in the first place. Being a realist, I feel as though I'm painting every hair is a separate stroke. He is a beautiful Aussie–doodle!
Painting notes: I am using a white Ampersand Pastelboard this. I started with a pastel underpainting and used fixative several times already to allow me to use lighter pastels over the intensely dark background.