Sunday, February 28, 2010

"King" Charlie

I've been wanting to do a portrait of Charlie, my little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He's just the cutest little guy--and definitely has the "royal" attitude. I started this painting last night, hoping to finish it by Monday, but that's not going to happen, mostly because, once I started it, I decided to make it Charlie's "official" portrait. So, I'm taking my time with it. At this point, I've got about two layers of oil paint on it--still blocking in colors, not focusing too much on detail. I did spend a little more time on the eyes. I think if the eyes are correct, the rest of the image falls into place more easily.  When this piece is done, it's back to painting shelter animals. I also finished a still life in acrylics, inspired by my trip to Ireland. I'll post that as soon as I photograph it. Meanwhile--here's Charlie!


Fanciful Expressions said...

He's so cute Stephanie. I just love your portraits of animals. Their eye's are so soulful. You capture that beautifully.

Wit's End Studio said...

Thanks, Carolyn. When I do portraits, I usually try to get the eyes in first--if they are done correctly, then everything else seems to fall into place. And you know, "the eyes are the window to the soul..." Can't remember who said that. I'll repost a picture when the portrait is finished.