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09-16-2005, 12:03 AM
Hi guys,

Amber here again. I did a painting tonight called "Spot On" featuring a Dalmatian. It's acrylic on Arches Hotpressed watercolor paper and measures 12 x 18 inches. Dalmatians proved to be a little harder than the looked for me because their spots give them such a 2D appearance that it was hard for me to find the form. I like to hear your feedback.
Best wishes,

09-16-2005, 05:44 AM
Hi Amber,

As usual, I love your painting but I find that big spot right in the middle of his forhead somewhat distracting -t was the first thing I noticed. I took the liberty of photo-shopping the image to show you how it would look if it were smaller. I hope you won't mind but apologies in advance if you do.


09-16-2005, 06:23 AM

Thank you so much! You are absolutely right about that spot and I took care of as you suggested. I just didn't notice it until you pointed it out. Thanks so much for the advice. It's appreciated. Here is the final version below.

09-16-2005, 07:18 AM
He's very thoughtful....lovely work Amber.

09-16-2005, 07:51 AM
Hi Amber ... I love this and I feel you have caught his expression so well!!! GooD Job!!!

Charlie's Mum
09-16-2005, 08:06 AM
You have captured his expression well amber - he's a lovely dog!
I do think you could increase the values on the form though to help the 3D feeling.
I find that shadow on the left distracting - did you use a photograph and copy the shadow often thrown up be the camers? :D
Also, perhaps if you lightened the R/hand background and darkened the Left bk/gd you'd put more attention onto Spot.
Hope tis helps :D

09-16-2005, 08:41 AM
Well Maureen,
I appreciate your advice. I chose to darken the background colors a little which lightens up the shadow (that wasn't in the picture I added it myself)
and I also darkened some of the shaded areas some and lightened where needed. Thanks for the tips!



Leslie Pz
09-16-2005, 11:27 AM
Very well done. Love the background... very unique!!! Nicely done.

09-16-2005, 11:29 AM
I'm glad you approved Amber. He's such a sweet face - was this a commission?


Charlie's Mum
09-16-2005, 12:32 PM
Spot on!!!!! :D

09-16-2005, 05:47 PM
Amber, such a difficult subject and you did so well. I love the changes you made and that expression he is wearing is wonderful. :clap:

lani noa
09-16-2005, 11:21 PM
I had Dalmations for years. If you look at a Dalmation you will see that their spots are very rarely all black. They have white hairs throughout much of the spot with the lay of the hair leading into the spot. They also seem to gray a little as they go in (the effect of the white and black coming together) so they blurr a little. Okay, it's hard to explain so I'll quickly take it into my paint program and show you what I mean ...I hope you don't mind.

09-17-2005, 09:42 AM
Thank you so much Maureen, Gail, Les, Nitsa, & Lana. I really appreciate the tip about the spots too Lana. I have readjusted the painting to reflect what you told and showed me. It was something that the photo didn't show. To answer your question Gail nope this isn't a commission, just another painting to add to my site.
Thanks again!


09-24-2005, 11:02 AM
Amber, as usual, your dogs are wonderful to see.
I really like how you've been playing with backgrounds.
This background works so great against the b/w dog.