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bluegenes
04-14-2013, 09:42 AM
I thought I'd put this WIP in here, hope to get your input. It's a commission and I'd value your opinions!

Here's my steps so far:

Composition
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/31898-Idea6small.jpg

Drawing
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/31898-WIP1small.jpg

First Steps
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/31898-WIP2small.jpg

Yesterday
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/31898-WIP3sm.jpg

Today
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2013/31898-WIP4small.jpg

Not happy with the spots right now, but I'm not done. Had to get out the gouache....

Patty

DebraB
04-14-2013, 10:25 AM
I think is is lovely!! Your drawings are spot on and the colors are coming along great. Can't wait to see your finished painting.

Yorky
04-14-2013, 11:38 AM
Coming along great Patty.

Doug

LynnM
04-14-2013, 01:52 PM
Looking beautiful, Patty, all those spots :eek: ! Only one little nit, the right side (his right) of the retriever's nose looks a little wide to me, or more curved outline that it should? You had it right on the drawing.

bluegenes
04-14-2013, 02:05 PM
Thanks all!

Lynn, thanks for the observation, I'll take another look at that. I'm sure I can lift that out a bit and make it a bit narrower there.

painterbear
04-14-2013, 04:04 PM
Patty,
Wow, I'm impressed with what you've done so far. That spotted coat on the one dog is really hard to capture, but you are doing it.

Sylvia

pjartwc
04-15-2013, 04:40 AM
Fantastic WIP. Each step could be a finished painting. Can't wait to see the final version. Excellent!!!!

bluegenes
04-15-2013, 06:21 AM
Thanks Sylvia...I'm really struggling with those spots!

Jan, thanks! There have been times when I wanted to stop and call it finished, but don't think the client wants a half painted dog! LOL

CharM
04-16-2013, 07:41 PM
It's looking good, Patty... and frankly, your spots are spot-on... :) Their expressions are very engaging and hold my attention...

I'm curious now about your plans for a background... the guy on the left is disappearing more and more as the guy on the right takes form...

Superturtle
04-17-2013, 01:39 AM
This looks great so far! The texture's spot on.

bluegenes
04-17-2013, 06:36 AM
Thanks, Char! I will be bringing the lighter dog out more with the background. It will be a washy muted blue. That last picture did wash him out, but I think it was more my poor photo-taking abilities!

Thanks, Superturtle!

Patty

Scotslass
04-17-2013, 12:31 PM
This is looking great...the owner's going to LOVE you!
Suzanne

olliewood0702
04-17-2013, 03:05 PM
SUPER job so far Patty! I too love their expressions. THis is going to be great; the brindle dog looks FAB!

bluegenes
04-17-2013, 06:46 PM
Thanks so much Suzanne and Darla! I wish I had more time this week to work on it, but I'll get back to it on the weekend.

Brian Barnes
04-19-2013, 07:12 PM
This is progressing beautifully. :thumbsup: Nice composition and placement. I can see the spots would be difficult but I think you're on the right track. Just going to be a bit fussier to do than you had hoped, I imagine.;)

BrianB

bluegenes
04-20-2013, 08:30 AM
You've got that right, Brian! I think I'll try and get this done today. Thanks!

Patty

bluegenes
04-20-2013, 09:48 AM
Here is where I left off last weekend....hope to get it finished today.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Apr-2013/31898-WIP5small.jpg

Patty

bluegenes
04-21-2013, 08:52 AM
Almost done!

As per client request, made changes to the Pointer's eyes and muzzle. Working on background.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2013/31898-WIP6small.jpg

Yorky
04-21-2013, 11:18 AM
I'm glad you did that, the eyes look much better and the background is coming along fine.

Doug

Brian Barnes
04-21-2013, 12:10 PM
Your changes look to be right on. :thumbsup: Compared to the ref photos you've really poured life into these guys. So much more than a photo could ever do. This is one you should be especially proud of. Looking forward to seeing the finish. :)

BrianB

Margareth56
04-21-2013, 01:51 PM
You are doing a great job

Perhaps you can flatten the right side of the chest a litlle bit and also bring up the nose a little bit more and darken it some more. The nose seems to have a slightly different angle on the picture

bluegenes
04-21-2013, 02:30 PM
Thanks, guys! I'm just waiting for my last wash to dry to take a picture. Margareth, I'll take another look at the noses, not sure which one you are referring to.

Devoted 2Art
04-22-2013, 01:21 AM
This really turned out beautifully. Wonderful portrait.
-John

Scotslass
04-22-2013, 03:00 AM
This is sooo good!
Suzanne

bluegenes
04-22-2013, 06:32 AM
Thanks John and Suzanne!

Here is the final version. My PSP stopped working so I downloaded GIMP for my photoediting....so may look a bit different, trying to figure it all out. :rolleyes:

The client likes it and will be picking it up some time this week! :thumbsup:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2013/31898-WIP7small.jpg

Patty

painterbear
04-22-2013, 08:31 AM
Beautiful finish, Patty. Thanks for showing us the steps along the way.

Don't forget to post the finished painting in The Gallery with a link to this thread so people can visit who haven't seen it before. ;)

Sylvia

LauraRussell
04-22-2013, 11:46 AM
Oh that turned out so nicely! It might be just me but I think the thing which really sets the whole piece going is the tone and hue of the background. Those eggshell blues and greys add to the richness of the doggie coats :D

bluegenes
04-22-2013, 07:18 PM
Thanks Sylvia! I didn't even think about posting in the gallery, thanks for the reminder!

Laura, I always seem to gravitate to those colours with animals for some reason. I really like them.

Patty

LisaN
04-22-2013, 09:27 PM
I really love the way it came out.

ChefCharlotte
04-30-2013, 10:57 AM
Just beautiful. So impressed with your work and the critique given along the way. As a novice, that is what is going to help me the most.
Patty, I was wondering if you could speak on the way you achieve your backgrounds. This seems to be my most major stumbling block and I have a ream of paintings not finished because I simply do not know where to start. My instructor has spoken of contrasting and complementary colors and values but I need to know WHERE and HOW to start. Your painting by painting snaps really gave me a great deal to work with but if you have some instruction to add, or if there’s a thread to go to, I would be most grateful.

bluegenes
05-01-2013, 06:01 AM
Thanks so much, Charlotte!
I'm off to work in a few minutes, but this afternoon, I'll try to put something together to explain how I do my backgrounds!

Patty

olliewood0702
05-01-2013, 08:57 AM
It finished up really nicely Patty and I can see why your client liked it. Great portrait.

bluegenes
05-05-2013, 10:05 AM
If anyone is interested, I did a quick tutorial on how I do my washy backgrounds in this thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19601966#post19601966).

Thanks Darla!

Patty

ArtsyMom
05-06-2013, 08:03 AM
Oh I know this will come out beautifully done, so far it's looking great.