And because it’s so fun, here’s the progression of the painting:
I like to start with the darks when I do dogs (usually). It helps to get the easy parts down first to eliminate one color and make the whole image less intimidating. Then I just start working up to the lightest shades.
Here I went back in with the red, it got lost. I think I also put detail into the eyes and face features, the most important part in a portrait.
And here’s the original photo. This friend has requested quite a few, but she always sends me the best photos! Getting the right photos for dog portraits is really tricky. Hopefully I can make all the rest work, stay tuned!
You are missed Kramer dear.