View Full Version : Blue dog FINISHED

04-22-2007, 05:49 AM
Oh No! It's another wip from me :lol:
I got permissoin from a friend to use this photo she took of her Golden retriver:

I love dogs, and I once had a Golden retriver named Tanja. She looked a lot like this one. I've just started today, so here's the first wip:

I'm making it on blue art spectrum paper (50 x 70 cm) using 3 diffrent colors of Pitt pastel pencils.

I hope to be back soon with an update.
Thanks for looking.

04-22-2007, 06:50 AM
Great photo, I love shots like this one, handsome fellow too!
I look forward to your updates!

04-22-2007, 08:47 AM
Thank you Holley! :D

Here's the next update:

Merethe T
04-22-2007, 10:53 AM
Oh, I'm pulling up a chair.....! Great ref to work from, I love photos like that...off to a great start, this will be fun to follow....


Piper Ballou
04-22-2007, 10:55 AM
I sure the concept of using three colors on a bright paper.....great idea and great start to the painting

04-22-2007, 11:27 AM
Very nice start - and a great photo. What a majestic animal.

so... do you work with pastel pencils? forgive me if you already explained this somewhere else.... Barb

Paula Ford
04-22-2007, 01:03 PM
Popcorn's cookin...

04-22-2007, 02:52 PM
Merethe, piper, and Paula, Thank you all for your comments! :D

Barb, yep I'm using pastel pencils. Faber Castell Pitt pastels to be pricise. Thanks for looking.

Here's another update:

Piper Ballou
04-22-2007, 04:10 PM
here is my question....how to you keep from getting the dust all over the background....I guess using pencils might help

M Douglas
04-22-2007, 05:51 PM
Wonderful reference photo, and a lovely start so far Dorte.


04-22-2007, 07:46 PM
This is going to be so lovely in blue!

04-26-2007, 01:28 PM
Piper, yep using pastel pencils helps a lot. :)

Melodie and Cindy, thanks! :D

Sorry there's been no updates from my part for some days now, but I've run out of the blue color and everywhere here in Denmark FC's Pitt pastels are sold out and have 3 weeks delivery time!! So I've orderd some Creatacolor and they should arrive monday, then I should have the opputunity to finish this painting. :)

05-06-2007, 03:19 PM
Finally I've got another update for you. Sorry it's been such a long time, but I just got a new job, starting tomorrow!


Thank you for looking and for your patience! :lol: :wave:

Donna T
05-06-2007, 03:25 PM
Dorte, your WIP's are worth waiting for! He's looking great already. Congrats on the new job - hope it makes you happy!

Donna T

Merethe T
05-06-2007, 06:05 PM
Yes, definatly worth waiting for! He's gorgeous, love the atmosphere the blues gives....inspiring, makes me wanna try to...

Congratulations on your new job, always exciting isn't it.... :)


05-06-2007, 07:30 PM
THe proportions are just excellent on this, and it already has a great atmosphere. Congratulations on the new job - hope it's great there.

05-07-2007, 01:29 PM
Very well done! :thumbsup: I think the blue color suits the mood of the dog! :D Thanks for sharing this with us! This could be a mate for the "Blue Horse" that you did a while ago!

John B
05-07-2007, 02:10 PM
Love it, love it, love it, you have really captured that retriever look. He reminds me of my retriever 'Rags'

Kind regards


05-07-2007, 02:39 PM
Donna T, :D Thank you!! Yes it makes me very happy, but also tired. But that's normal on the first day.

Merethe, I can highly recommend you trying this kind of drawing! It's so much fun!! Thanks for your comment!

annj, It is exciting at the new job. Thank you. :D

Jean, thanks for your comment. Yes it almost is a mate for that one, although I used black in that one. I'm not using any black in this one, an to tell you the truth, I love the effect of using monocrom colors!

John B, I'm so glad you like it! I had a golden once to, she looked like this one also. They are such great companions!!

I don't have an update for you tonight, but I do have some closeups of the parts I've finished.


Thanks for looking! :wave:

05-09-2007, 03:47 PM
And now! this is finally finished. Thank you for your patiens! :clap:


Selahs art
05-09-2007, 03:50 PM
wow what a nice piece of work.


Merethe T
05-09-2007, 04:06 PM
Ooooh, I love the mood! How very effective the monocromatic look is....great light/shadows, and the eye a perfect eyecatcher....great work!


05-09-2007, 04:29 PM
Just great. :)

05-09-2007, 08:48 PM
What a lovely feel this piece has, both melancholic and hopeful at the same time. Beautiful, thank you so much for sharing.

bruce johnson
05-09-2007, 11:46 PM
Another outstanding WIP.. I love the blue background.. awesome

05-10-2007, 07:39 AM
Outstanding! I love the way you make use of the background.

05-10-2007, 07:56 AM
Lovely work. Very unusual looking with that blue.

Sandy K
05-10-2007, 08:06 AM
great work as usual Dorte! Congrats on the job. Did you ever enter that contest for the magazine...forgot which magazine?

05-10-2007, 12:48 PM
LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!:clap: :clap: :clap: Now, what about Anton that you were working on to enter in the Artist Magazine Competition! Did you ever finish the painting? :evil: I checked and there hasn't been any updates posted since March!:D

Piper Ballou
05-10-2007, 12:54 PM
Spectacular.....did you manage to stick with just the three pencils you started with?
I am thinking I may have to try something like this..it is powerful..and I think having the dark background in the reference really help
thanks for sharing

05-10-2007, 01:08 PM
Really, really, really nice. What a gorgeous painting.


05-10-2007, 03:03 PM
Beautiful! His eye just draws you in to wonder what is he looking at.

05-10-2007, 03:04 PM
evryone here is an expert, but since i consider myself an artist i have to say this is fantastic, i want to try this medium.

05-10-2007, 11:42 PM
Retha, Merethe, applebee, annj, bruce, Usha, soap, Marion, Kenya and Ceci. I can't thank you enough for your wonderfull support!! THANKS!!! :D

Sandy K, yep I sendt in my "Hey! Are you taking my picture" drawing to the Artist magazine. :) I get the result back in August!!

Jean, No I never finished that drawing, and proberly never will sorry. But that's typical me, some drawings I never finish :lol:

Piper, yes I only used the 3 colors. And for the laste parts I only used the dark blue and the white. Thanks!

05-11-2007, 08:46 PM
Well you did get to enter this one to the Artist Magazine instead of the other one! :D Hope to hear that you are a winner!!!!!

05-11-2007, 09:49 PM
Hi Dorte,
I just wanted to add my compliments to your list! The eye is very soulful, you did a great job on it and the fur is outstanding. I like the effect you got with the limited palette. Very nice!
~Fae Lynn

05-12-2007, 01:21 AM
Another masterpiece Dorte. I am learning so much from you! I just love following your WIP's, you share so much info, and the close ups are great. So my chair is pulled up front of the class for your next WIP!!!


Congratulations on your new job. It's hard starting somewhere new and learning your new responsibilities. Good Luck!

05-13-2007, 08:04 PM
Outstanding, it is so amazing that you can do this with only three pastel colours. I would love to be able to take a lesson from you, your work is truly amazing. The only problem is you live far too far away from me.

When we come back from our big 10 week holiday I will have to contact our local Pastel Society and see if there are any affordable teachers or workshops around. Because I work weekends the workshops would have to be during the week days.

Keep up the good work Dorte.

Love CJ :heart: :)

05-13-2007, 10:07 PM
Gorgeous...love the textures and the eye looks so alive.