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01-22-2017, 10:13 AM
Have been quite busy with a new pup in our household...Twelve weeks now, a chocolate lab female, named Suklaa Kahvi which is Finnish for "chocolate coffee"...We call her "Sookie" for short.

She has been unimpressed and none too happy with the artist lifestyle, my spending more time at the easel that she finds acceptable. Not when I could be on the floor frolicking in play with her.

So, this is as far as I got last night in a small study...

Hopefully will get at it again this morning g before the later NFC match up playoff game.

01-22-2017, 10:13 AM
More and more I am enjoying the starts of a painting.

This one held a slight intimidation for me at first as I like to tone my panels first, and teach my workshop students good reasons for doing so. One, white being a cold value, the coolest, it takes only the slightest warmth in a pigment mix to read warm againt it.

Later as the painting develops, those early strokes of paint applied tend to need to be tweaked and their chroma strength increased to match the painting's developing. A tone...helps color laid down read true from the get go.

Now experience, knowing this happens, can compensate in anticipation...Pushing stronger color right away. Mixing on a warm wood palette helps...though it will read differently applied to the white surface. You trust your mixing on the palette...

But...I wanted the finishing of this one to reveal some of the initial attack and laying in, some deconstruction, for aesthetic purposes.

The journey traveled is a continual learning curve...

chammi kaiser
01-22-2017, 10:15 AM
Innocence personified Larry. :angel: You have taken on a handful. What a great subject Sookie makes. Love the expression in those eyes.

01-22-2017, 10:26 AM
Thanks Chammi

01-22-2017, 11:05 AM
Beautiful work, Larry! Love the loose qualities in this so far. The colors are lovely too! I'm sure she'd approve. ;)

01-22-2017, 02:05 PM

Well, I signed it...but, it will take a few days sitting and my looking at it with scrutiny...judging edges. My artist friends well understand that need for possible further deconstruction. So, here she is..."Sookie!" 12"x 9" oil on linen

I include a detail...and my work area after finishing...

01-22-2017, 02:06 PM

01-22-2017, 02:07 PM
my work area upon finishing...

Barbra G
01-22-2017, 04:09 PM
Lovely, she has soulful eyes

01-22-2017, 05:59 PM
Thank you

01-22-2017, 08:04 PM
Beautiful work and what a sweet face! You have captured it very well!

01-23-2017, 05:26 AM
Beautiful expression... :)

01-23-2017, 04:32 PM
Beautiful portrait! I love the eyes. :)

Equus Art
01-23-2017, 08:34 PM
I wouldn't change a thing. Sweet, nice lively but loose brush marks. Beautiful!


01-23-2017, 09:13 PM
Thanks everyone, appreciate the comments. Fwiw, Cat...I took about twenty seconds...deconstructed one bothersome patch of color...and then set the painting into storage to dry... :)

01-24-2017, 12:47 AM
Awwww what a cutie! I'm sure she'd rather roughhouse with you than watch you paint :)

01-24-2017, 02:52 AM
Aww, how can you resist those beautiful eyes. Great work Larry:cat:

01-24-2017, 09:21 AM
I really like this! Her expression is fantastic and I tend to really be drawn to loose brush marks/expressive works as they seem to me to really catch a moment in time.

01-25-2017, 01:51 PM
She is gorgeous and you have made her come right off the page! Lovely work.

For 10 years or so I was auntie/minder to a choc
lab, Cecil. They are real characters!😁

01-29-2017, 10:05 AM
Beautiful job with the detail around the eyes and the tonal changes in the fur. Love this piece and chocolate labs!