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hunterpaul
02-13-2008, 03:22 PM
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff134/hunterpaul/IMG_3531.jpg
hi guys new to the forum, its good to be here and after a quick looksy, I am astounded at the talent out there... here is one im working on at the moment.. it is a friends black lab, her name is holly, not finished by a fair ways yet, but getting there... HP c and c all welcomed... Paul

idylbrush
02-13-2008, 03:30 PM
Beautifully illustrated. What size might this be and on what surface please?

while I am sure there is more that could be done, for the life of me, I am not sure I could find it.

Linee
02-13-2008, 03:34 PM
Welcome and thanks for sharing. Amazing sheen, detail, eyes, everything!

catrus
02-13-2008, 03:39 PM
This is beautiful. What more could you do to it?

hunterpaul
02-13-2008, 03:39 PM
Beautifully illustrated. What size might this be and on what surface please?

while I am sure there is more that could be done, for the life of me, I am not sure I could find it.
hi it is done on a prepared mdf board, painted with a few coats of gesso, it is just a bit larger than the actual dogs head in life... have not measured it... I am applying some foreground to it at the moment, some dead bracken, to make sense of the background, and the dog itself id as yet unfinished... thank you for the comments... I hope to learn a bunch from being on here... HP

Thomas Greaves
02-13-2008, 03:57 PM
Welcome to the forum Paul.
If this isn't finished, I'm waiting in awe at what will follow. Those eyes have such depth to them.

Thomas

LavenderFrost
02-13-2008, 04:09 PM
Oh wow, that is amazing realism and detail!

Suzun
02-13-2008, 04:11 PM
My first reaction was "WOW". This is a wonderful painting already. I really like the detail of the fur and the collar. Great job!

gaykir
02-13-2008, 04:11 PM
Simply beautiful!

hunterpaul
02-13-2008, 04:20 PM
wow thanks guys... what lovely reactions... may even post some more after that.... Paul

susme48
02-13-2008, 04:33 PM
Paul, I am not sure I can add anything to what has been said so far...except to add my own "WOW", and to agree that I am dying to see more.

MrsG_SoCal
02-13-2008, 04:54 PM
I was on my way up to my studio to work on my dog painting and I am now asking myself - why bother. This is amazing and you aren't finished??

Welcome!

Lady Carol
02-13-2008, 05:13 PM
Welcome to the forum :wave: lovely painting. I am astonished at the way you have achieved such a glossy coat and a black coat at that. I hope the head isn't going to float like that when you are finished, it looks kind of creepy :eek: ;)

sun-rae
02-13-2008, 05:24 PM
This is so amazing! I love the detail of the mud on the dog's nose :) I have a black lab and he almost always has mud on his nose! haha. A beautiful painting indeed.

hunterpaul
02-13-2008, 05:27 PM
Welcome to the forum :wave: lovely painting. I am astonished at the way you have achieved such a glossy coat and a black coat at that. I hope the head isn't going to float like that when you are finished, it looks kind of creepy :eek: ;)
lol... no the dog is going to be set, in a dead bracken fore, to balance with the back.... I didnt use any black on the dog at all and mixed my darks from, various colours, I was going for a liquorice type greeny brown black, that you cant see too well on here due to the pic... I layered it up over many visits.. again thanks for the comments... HP

Fainsbert
02-13-2008, 05:39 PM
Welcome to the Forum, Paul. I'm into dogs and couldn't wait to open your post. When I did, it simply blew me away. What a magnificent painting! The eyes are superb! What a guy, this lab :thumbsup:

Lucie

sonita
02-13-2008, 06:25 PM
Hello and welcome to WC, great to have you on board :) At 1st I thought that I am looking at the ref pic...The detail, the shining fur, beautiful eyes. Looking forward to see the final piece.
Soni

CamiTampa
02-13-2008, 06:33 PM
Welcome. It's an awesome painting. The eyes are perfect.

Cami

gurleygirl
02-13-2008, 07:52 PM
This is totally amazing!
Tracey

purplepansey
02-13-2008, 08:01 PM
Welcome and I'd say your first post is smashing! What a beautiful dog, the fur is painted so realistically and I feel so much that I want to reach out and pet her. Wonderful work.

BigEpsilon
02-13-2008, 08:11 PM
That looks really good.

Autumnwillow
02-13-2008, 11:17 PM
Beautiful... and like others, I was trying to figure out HOW it could not be finished, it's so lovely already... but I will trust the artist and wait to see the final... ;)

Michele

howyadoin
02-14-2008, 05:25 AM
Oddly enough, it's the detail in the collar that really caught my eye.

Nice job.

connievanwinssen
02-14-2008, 06:32 AM
Good work!:)

Roger Evans
02-14-2008, 06:53 AM
Neat-O. I love the finish you are getting on the fur. Like Lady Carol, the "floating head" really caught me off guard. But now that I know it won't be floating, I think I like the concept of a floating head, especially with the "Jetsons" type background (which only comes across as that now because of the temporary floating head!). I realize that you aren't finished but I may have to steal this idea. Anyway, I digress. This is wonderfully executed. Very much "alive", which is often hard to achieve with animals. Good work.

Roger

solonite
02-14-2008, 07:43 AM
Gorgeous!!! And welcome to the WC family. Your talent is stunning. Make sure you Xpost in animal and wildlife too. They will love it.
Susan

tonyjazz
02-14-2008, 08:08 AM
Welcome Paul: Very realistic painting on every detail including the slightly over tensioned collar and the shadows. I like your use of the out of focus background.

dreamz
02-14-2008, 03:21 PM
Welcome!!! Your talent will be a great addition to our community

Nomad_Ca
02-14-2008, 03:25 PM
Wow is going to be the first thought of anyone that looks at this..great job so far..Small thing ..the fur around the eyes seems to be a bit more realistic than the fur at the throat..Shine not quite as fine or something..
Super !!

Katwyld
02-14-2008, 03:31 PM
I, weirdly, like the 'floating' look... but I've never been called normal. heh

All I have to say is.... Whoa.... Damn... Amazing work...

Do you find the smoothness of the MDF gives you better control on your brush strokes for the dog? I really like working on stretched canvas, but dislike the 'bumps' when I'm working on detail like this...

RPut
02-14-2008, 06:22 PM
Soooo Amazing! As a fairly new painter, I'm wondering how much training you've had and how long you have been an painting. Can't wait to see the finish! Ruth P.

C_Line
02-14-2008, 06:54 PM
This is just gorgeous, an honor to such a gorgeous creature.

hunterpaul
02-14-2008, 08:43 PM
Soooo Amazing! As a fairly new painter, I'm wondering how much training you've had and how long you have been an painting. Can't wait to see the finish! Ruth P.
fairly new to the painting lark... no training except through reading books, and then trying out things.... messed around with gouache, then gave acrylics a bash and was off, you cant go wrong with them, was always able to draw, and have always been an animal obsessive... so naturally that is the way I went with the painting... im an actor in real life, and at the moment spend evenings in mamma mia in london... this comes to an end for me in march after a very long run... cant wait... am going to paint my fingers to bloody stubs.. HP

Tazz
02-14-2008, 08:52 PM
Now THAT"S just beautiful :thumbsup: :clap:

Art_by_Angie
02-14-2008, 10:30 PM
I love it!! Welcome to WC! I can't wait to see more of your work.

hunterpaul
02-23-2008, 03:23 PM
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff134/hunterpaul/IMG_3557.jpg
this is a cross post with the wildlife thread... progressing a bit, do some when I get chance... hope you like it. will post when it is finished... about 2009... HP

eyepaint
02-23-2008, 04:29 PM
Wow! Gorgeous!!

chaz
02-23-2008, 05:16 PM
Paul, this is stunning. What more can anyone say. The detail is out of this world. If you are looking for any criticism, what is there to criticize? I could search until I go blind and not find anything.

Chuck

~~Kathleen
02-23-2008, 05:54 PM
Chaz....Paul, this is stunning. What more can anyone say. The detail is out of this world. If you are looking for any criticism, what is there to criticize? I could search until I go blind and not find anything.
I can add no more....You just want to grab his head and bury your face in his ears.
~~Kathleen

Lady Carol
02-23-2008, 06:02 PM
The foreground is very good and certainly enhances the dog.

MrsG_SoCal
02-23-2008, 07:18 PM
Too amazing! You are definitely a talent to be reckoned with!

bchlvr
02-23-2008, 07:48 PM
Amazing!!

bushma'am
02-23-2008, 10:57 PM
Hi Paul, please chick your private messages. I have left you a note and some suggestions of interest for you. Please contact me asap. Thank you.

Faye

susme48
02-24-2008, 05:12 PM
I am just sitting here blown away, and wondering how in the world you are gonna top what I have seen so far...and so far you just keep going up and onwards.

Roger Evans
02-24-2008, 05:20 PM
Really amazing stuff. I'm a sucker for this kind of detail work and you've obviously got the eye for it. Great job.

Roger

edtree
02-24-2008, 06:02 PM
:wave: Oh my gosh...amazing painting! Extraordinary realism. Hard to believe you're still working on it! It looks done to me! :clap:

WoW!

Elizabeth

clumboy
02-24-2008, 06:54 PM
hey paul--really wonderful. he looks like he has come out of the water and is waiting to be sent back in. watching a duck fall. love that tingling alert expression. your detail is mind boggling. texture on the nose is terrific. chris

Vanilla_au
02-24-2008, 07:36 PM
Absolutely awsome!!! Such incredible detail...I don't believe I can add anything more to what everyone else has already said....Also can't wait to see lots more of your work...

C_Line
02-24-2008, 09:27 PM
Magnificent work Paul.

Thomas Greaves
02-24-2008, 09:43 PM
Great detail work, you definitely have a talent for it. But I can't make my mind up, whether to look at the dog or the foreground, they are equally compelling.

howyadoin
02-24-2008, 10:08 PM
Just saw the update. That vegetation is outstanding.

Paulafv
02-24-2008, 10:31 PM
Wonderful black lab, with good highlights and great darks. How in heavens name did you get a full screen image past the powers that be who insist on a mere 500 pixels?

Great dog.

Paula

tubbekans
02-25-2008, 07:19 AM
Real pretty dog1 The plants/bracken up front did fit in real nicely.

professorlar
02-25-2008, 01:19 PM
I have to say, I love the subject of this thread, made me laugh:

"hi Im new, here is my first post, its a dog"

Wait, it's a dog?????? I couldn't tell!!! :lol:


Seriously, impressive work, and I hope you do more-

Katwyld
02-25-2008, 02:44 PM
Absolutely amazing work... I love what you've done with the ferns and leaves and branches and such in front. That really grounds the dog beautifully.

purplepansey
02-25-2008, 03:02 PM
I'm waiting to see how this could be any better, if you treat your dog like you've treated this painting, he must be the most pampered dog in the world. The sheen on the dogs realistic looking fur is so well done, it almost looks like a phot and I'd have thought so if you hadn't indicated it was a painting!

oicclouds
02-25-2008, 03:10 PM
Wow! Excellent! How did you paint the eyes so that they look realistic? Vicki

hunterpaul
03-11-2008, 05:36 AM
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff134/hunterpaul/IMG_3643.jpg
well here she is finished at last.... I have xposted in the animal section, but this is where it started so thought I would post the finished result.... thank you all for the wonderful words and support.... I hope it has reached all expectations... Paul... saying that... I have actually done a bit of tweeking since taking this photo, on some of the highlights on the left shoulder and one or two other tiny bits, but you get the idea... HP

edtree
03-11-2008, 05:55 AM
:wave: Fantastic finish, Paul! I'm in awe! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Elizabeth

gaykir
03-11-2008, 07:43 AM
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better.... This is superb! You patience with detail is something to strive for.
:clap: :clap: :clap:

.

Adiro
03-11-2008, 09:12 AM
I didn't read all the four pages of repplies, so somebody must have said it before, but this is BREATHTAKING!!!!
GORGEOUS!!!
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~~Kathleen
03-11-2008, 10:36 AM
Beyond words:thumbsup::clap::lol::wink2:
~~Kathleen

barb8j
03-11-2008, 10:51 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Nothing much more to say!!!!

debee
03-11-2008, 01:02 PM
Absolutely stunning. I love the detail!

Linee
03-11-2008, 03:14 PM
The painting is superb. Everything about it makes me what to go for a hike with this dog!

Faded
03-11-2008, 08:15 PM
Welcome to acrylics Paul. This is fantastic, I can't see what else it would need to finish it, looks perfect to me
-David