Took a break from playing with clay and beads to start this pet portrait of two adorable Pekingese: Buddy and Lucky. I'm using acrylics for this one, and I've just blocked in the images, not worrying too much about details yet. Painting a black dog is very challenging--if you really look at black dogs, they aren't completely black. This dog also has very dark eyes--but we also know, don't we, that black eyes do have color in them--ya just gotta look!
This is just the first pass with color. I'll be adding more details and have asked the client for his input--after all, who knows the dogs better than the owner? I want to make sure the viewer gets a feel for the dogs' personalities. I will be lightening up the background a little, too, so the black dog shows better.
It's good to be back in the studio. I have so many ideas for paintings as well as jewelry--I can't possibly do it all. I need to clone myself--several times!
Check back soon for progress photos and maybe some new jewelry pieces. I've been experimenting with the Millifiori technique with polymer clay. Will post photos soon.