Meet Jodi and Moose, sisters for brothers. The family got Jodi and Moose as pups so each son could have their own dog. They would like a studio painting of the, now quite large, sister dogs. I start a studio painting with an iPad sketch of the proposed painting. It's not meant to be a finished painting for printing on canvas, but rather a mock up for a studio painting created with brushes and paint on canvas. I do create digital paintings for printing on canvas, but they have more detail and a more finished look to them. With this painting, that will happen in the studio.
Progression of a digital painting created on the iPad, of Belle (Beagle) and Penny (variety pack) with Pepper the cat (who doesn't like to leave the house) at home in Miami. The progression shows how much a painting can change as it is developed, and it's not done yet! Client feedback is helping to determine where the painting goes, and I'm waiting now for further suggestions and preferences to determine the next step in the painting. I will post the final version when we get there.
There are many steps in the creation of a painting, beginning with the initial on-site interview with the dogs and people (if at all possible, it's the best first step! to actually meet the dogs on their home turf and have a face to face with all parties). I sketch and photograph the dogs in their environment, and take notes during the interview about the particular personalities of the animals in order to better know how to portray them being most themselves. Then I create a digital painting in order to determine the basic composition. I email images of the digital painting to the client, who then makes suggestions and requests for changes. This process repeats itself until both the client and I are satisfied with the digital painting, which then becomes the model for the actual physical painting.
Then I start painting in the studio. It usually takes several email reviews of the work in progress by the client before we arrive at a final piece. Here are the many versions of Sucia and Ivy.
Ivy and Sucia, a digital painting created on the iPad, soon to be an actual painting. Ivy, the black adolescent, is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Yellow Lab mix from South Africa. Sucia is a Catahouia Hound rescue dog from New Orleans. Quite the duo. No one comes into this house without their permission. This painting was ordered as a wedding present but without enough time to create the actual painting before the big day. Since I can create a painting on the iPad in a couple of days, a print of the beloved pair was presented as the wedding gift with the painting to come later. Now time to get out to the studio and turn this into something made with brushes and canvas and paint that comes in jars.
Fuzzy and Time, greyhounds who spent their early years at the track are retired. Now they are "40mph couch potatoes"- either bolting or lounging. Their human companion and greyhound rescue advocate, Robin, says about greyhounds, "they are like potato chips . . . you can't have just one." She says that they are sweet, loving, calm, and funny. I want to hear why they are funny.Digital painting created on the iPad.
Coastal Canine magazine recently did an extensive interview with me for their summer issue. The magazine serves the central CA coast (dog lovers of course), and exactly the people I'd like to include in my client base! I surely would not be averse to a trip to Carmel to meet some new clients! Full article in an upcoming post when the magazine comes out.
Manny tries hard to be a good dog, but he's not real sure what that is.Manny was found wandering the streets of Wenatchee. The person who found him brought him to a shelter. Manny is 106 lbs and 8-10 years old and nobody wanted him, so his time was up. Somebody at the shelter (kill shelter) convinced PAWS to take him, which is where Nina and Dave found him. Nina says Manny is just a great dog. He is very loyal and follows them from room to room. He loves tennis balls and swimming in Lake Washington, after all, he is a Lab. He is looking forward to spending his senior years lounging by the fire and getting into any unattended food he can find.
I knew something was not quite right with the earlier version of the painting of the dog walking the train tracks, and yesterday when I was walking Pablo I saw the answer to my problem. The answer was Kate, a Yellow Lab that we passed on our stroll at Interlaken, who had such a fine wiggle as she walked, and was patient and kind to my temperamental Chihuahua, so I videoed her walking towards me with it in mind that she might be the solution to my painting problem. And she is. This is Kate, also know as "Katherine!", when she is distracted and not doing as told. Kate is well behaved, sweet as can be, ball crazy, and working on becoming a therapy dog.
Shilo was the beloved companion of my friend, Linda. We both said our goodbyes on a beautiful May day, in my backyard.The vet arrived and was kind, gentle, and respectful, and a hummingbird hovered overhead as Shilo passed. It was heartbreaking and it was as it should be. She was a lovely dog and is dearly missed.
From a client who picked up her canvas print of her dog, Ella, portrayed in an iPad painting. "Nancy, I thought you might enjoy this pic of Ella hangin' out with her likeness. That's Vernon on the back if the couch. That's how we roll around here, animals all over everything It was a pleasure to meet you and adorable Pablo today. Thank you again for your time and talent. I love Ella's painting!" Susan
My client ordered a canvas print of my iPad painting of her dog, Maggie. I picked up the print and put it on my wall to see how it looks as wall art. I have to say that Bellevue Fine Art Reproductions does a very high quality job printing the images, both on canvas and paper. Thank you Scott! It looks fabulous. Coming to your home soon Sally!