View Full Version : Cara - My Romanian Rescue

03-23-2017, 06:32 AM
Pastel on Mi-Tientes Touch

I am practising with pastels. I've made the mistake of spraying with fixative. Would you use gouache or some other medium to paint the background, or leave it as it is?


03-23-2017, 11:30 AM
Very expressive Penny :)

03-23-2017, 11:37 AM
She's an adorable dog, Penny, such a great job here. I'd leave the bg alone.

03-23-2017, 12:01 PM
Thank you , fedetony.

And Thank you, Kay, for the advice. I will leave the background.

Cara went today for her first visit to the local Alzheimer's Group. She is to be a regular visitor. The University of Bristol are undertaking a study of the benefits of dogs interacting with dementia sufferers and the Manager of the group has two whippets who visit, too. She is allowed to mix and wander around, lie on the sofa, be petted, etc.


03-23-2017, 11:42 PM
Well done Penny.

03-24-2017, 04:32 AM
Thank you, Christel. I've darkened the highlights on her nostrils on the originals and think it improves the painting.

03-24-2017, 08:03 AM
Nice portrait if I was going to say anything about this it would have been the nose is a bit flat but sounds like you already caught that. Great job. How awesome that you can use her as a therapy dog.

03-24-2017, 08:09 AM
Thanks, Sam. Yes, I wasn't happy with the nose . Have altered it a little.

Yes! It is very good that I can take Cara to the group. She sat with a man who used to have Labradors but now can't remember their names!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2017/1989627-IMG_4640.JPG Here he is with Cara and Dave, one of the manager's whippets.

03-24-2017, 08:11 AM

03-27-2017, 06:11 AM
Lovely portrait Penny, nice work on the black fur. Cara has a vary important job, I am sure she is much appreciated by the people she visits. :)

03-27-2017, 07:36 AM
Thank you, Kay. Part way through, I was ready to discard the painting as I wasn't happy with it, but stuck at it.

I's very good to be able to include her in much needed support work. I've volunteered for various charities in the past, but this is the first time I am able to take her with me.

chammi kaiser
03-27-2017, 03:31 PM
Penny , what a lovely , gentle creature. You have done a super job on the eyes. They are full of expression. The background is just fine.

03-27-2017, 03:47 PM
You captured her expressive eyes and alert attitude. Working therapy animals are a boon to those who get to interact with them. That's wonderful work you and she are doing. Thanks.

03-27-2017, 04:27 PM
Thank you, Chammi. 🐾


Thank you, ntl. 🐾

03-27-2017, 05:04 PM
I think you've done a wonderful job on this Penny.

03-27-2017, 05:17 PM
Thank you, Lucy, for your kind comment. I'm pleased you like the portrait.

03-29-2017, 10:55 PM
The background is just fine the way it is...but don't use fixative again! :cat:

I never spray my pastels as it can really dull the colours. I know some folks like to use it on the first few layers keeping the final layer fixative free but I prefer none at all.

The next time you are working with black fur or hair try including some purple, pink and/or blue to add even more depth. All in all I think for a "beginner" in pastels you've done a charming portrait of your lovely dog.:thumbsup:

03-30-2017, 03:17 AM
Thank you, Susan, for the advice about adding colours to black fur, and won't use fixative again!

Vivien Maloney
03-30-2017, 05:17 PM
Lovely portrait of Cara and never use fixative unless you have too. It will darken all your carefully rendered tonal values!

I love how she's going to interact with Alzheimer and Dementia patients. Alzheimer is becoming such a common medical condition in this day and age, and awful for both the patient and their family and friends. Good for Cara and I'm sure she will bring joy to many people over the years! Well done and give her a great big hug from me. :heart:

03-30-2017, 07:05 PM
Thanks, Viv. Cara send waggy tails and woofs and thanks you for your hugs🐾🐾

I certainly won't use the fixative again! I want to try a portrait of my little white dog, next. I still really miss her, after losing her a year ago.

Thank 👋👋