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03-30-2013, 04:31 PM
Been a while since I posted. I'll see if I can relearn how to create a reasonably "acceptable" piece of art. Probably the biggest hurl will be trying to remember how to upload.
If this works.... This is a pic of my wonderful furry best friend. Rescued her 3 years ago from a shelter. She had been hit by a car and left lying there. She suffered a really severe broken front leg that required orthopedic surgery and wore a metal brace for months. She is my constant companion and I love her more everyday.
I have progressed several steps into the painting and hopefully (if I can upload) will post them in somewhat of an order.
This is my second attempt at pastels. First one was on Velour and I sure prefered that substrate to this one!
Stage one.. 9x12in. Mitentes (sp) grey with mostly Nupastels and Rembrandts.

03-30-2013, 06:19 PM
A little more solid blending of color added. Switched to mostly Rembrandts and some Sennelier. The Sennelier are a new experience for me. Really liking the way they apply. Still wish I had used a velour paper.
I am happy with the beginning image of the nose but those ears are a struggle. The hollow eyes are kinda scary but I would trash it if I thought they were going bad, so even though I want to give her a personality, I am afraid to start.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2013/7395-step_2.jpg
Suggestions are very much welcomed and appreciated.

03-30-2013, 07:32 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2013/7395-step_3.jpg Please... suggestions more than welcome!!!
Started to put in a background color and added more layers to the forehead cheek areas.
EEEk! Those ears. This must be the start of the ugly stage. The paper is already starting to be overworked in areas. My fault or the paper??

03-30-2013, 10:07 PM
My wife walked by the computer and said "Oh my God" how cute. I think so too. I just want to hug her. I've always believed in Dog rescue.....so important.

So far so good on the WIP. Good luck and hope to see the finish.:thumbsup:

Deb F
03-30-2013, 11:14 PM
Awww, I love this. Such a good dog and a lucky one. And thank you for rescuing her, but as you know, you get back a thousand-fold what you put in. Everything looks good, to me, but you are brave to do everything but the eyes, first. I have to do that first thing--they intimidate me so. And they never turn out to be hard to do, so don't you worry.

The ears look really good. And I love the mouth--so expressive. I think I would keep the neck going on down to the bottom of the paper to avoid the "floating head" syndrome. Keep going. I can't wait to see the finish.

03-30-2013, 11:42 PM
Looking good, if you lose too much tooth you can brush off the pastel to get it back,

03-31-2013, 11:26 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2013/7395-with_glasses.jpg "Ummmmm.....from down here it looks like you forgot something. Can you do something about that?"
ok..ok.. as requested I began the eyes and added more soft pastel layers to the face and background. I will probably pull out my pastel pencils and play with refining the some of textures next. I do see several areas that need a lot of work. Posting reallly helps with that! Open to any and all suggestions from you.
Derek, you are so nice, I read some of your threads and kuddos to you.
Deb & Dea thanks for the encouragment and suggestions. Deb, you are right about the floating head and I will extend it before I finish.

03-31-2013, 02:14 PM
This is coming on well and you've made a good start on the eyes! What a lovely, faithful friend you have!

03-31-2013, 04:40 PM
Coming along very nicely, and that paper (Mi-Teintes) doesn't take many layers. There's a trick, though. Take a plastic card and scrape off the excess pastel. The card will sort of push the pastel into the paper, and surprisingly little of the image is lost. (Try it on a scrap first. And some use a razor blade, but I've found a bit of thin plastic works perfectly, and the corners are rounded (or can be made so) so they're nicer.)

04-01-2013, 06:21 PM
Another update. Filling in some details. Is it starting to look better..Anyone?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Apr-2013/7395-maggie_5.jpg

04-01-2013, 08:57 PM
She is looking beautiful. Her eyes are so soulful you have done so well with them.

04-02-2013, 12:56 AM
added little more detail to the nose, lips jowls etc. also worrked on her ears and eyes.Tomorrow I hope to start the collar and finish out the fur below it. I decided to not put the tags in the painting. That yellow circle I think would be destracting and not add anything. I would love to hear any ideas about the background? Is the light grey working? Any and all C & C welcomed and appreciated

04-02-2013, 03:41 AM
Oh, this is how you paint wonderful animal portraits! I am a newbie, so I do appreciate your showing the steps. The result is very alive!
Yes, one tends to paint best what's closest to one's heart.

04-04-2013, 11:18 PM
Ok, I am finished with this. I am not sure it's done but I am going to spray it tomorrow. If anyone sees something that doesn't look right, please let me know. Thanks for all your help.

04-04-2013, 11:56 PM
What a sweet dog! Love the shot of her in her glasses :) The painting is lovely - perfect mix of detailed realism and painterly softness - great work!


04-05-2013, 01:07 AM
BeauTiful finish. She looks great.