Monday, February 20, 2012

Pastel Painting of an Afghan Hound

Afghans are sight hounds. They seem to be always looking off into the distance right past you. I know this because I had one for a wonderful thirteen years. The show dogs are elegant and perfectly groomed with beautiful flowing coats. They come in all colors. So my pastel Afghan is in many colors with the idealized flowing coat and looking just past you too.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pastel Painting of a Cocker Spaniel Puppy

This is a painting of my neighbor’s favorite picture of her rescued cutie named Valiant. I too have a rescued puppy. We will never know what they have been through. They know they are safe now and that is very nice for us all.

Of course this is a colorful version of Valiant who is part cocker. The intent is to duplicate his cuddly look, bright eyes and show his curls as swirls in beiges, yellows, oranges and reds. He is shaped using blue and green strokes. The white bib is expressed in white, beige and blue to keep it fresh and clear in contrast to the rest of his warm-colored coat. I had colorful fun with the bottoms of his back paws that are just peeking though. The vibrant image is set off and cooled by the blue floor boards. The colorful joints are used to frame him and repeat his colors.

This was a lot of fun to do. Do you have a favorite picture of a puppy you would like rendered in lots of color? Contact me for information