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Roan
01-28-2001, 09:23 PM
I've also posted this in the Critiques forum and have had some really good suggestions -- one is a major composition change that I really like. Suggestions from the animal gang? :P

Here's the Critiques link: http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum21/HTML/002588.html
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This is a portrait of Casey, a personable young boxer who met an very untimely end over Christmas http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif Three of our neighbors are pitching in for the framing of this piece so, blah, I need some help from the wise ones in here. The chair. Help! In the photo there is someone sitting there so I can't really see the arm, I'm winging it from memory. I want the chair in because it adds a nice reflection onto Casey's coat and gives interest to the background. Suggestions? Oh, I've not worked much on the area below the neck of the dog, but her head is pretty much "done". Suggestions welcome there too.

Soft pastel on suede mat board, around 18x22"

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Oh, the carpet too. Suggestions?

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<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Nan danadh mo lmh mar a dh'iarradh mo shil!</FONT c>
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BevL
01-28-2001, 11:42 PM
You have done a wonderful job! I love the sweet expression! Very sorry to hear about such a tragedy to this obviously loved pet.
I'm sure this portrait will be treasured for many years.

Bev

Roan
01-29-2001, 12:02 AM
Thank you, Bev!

I hope they like it as they don't know we're doing this portrait.

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<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Nan danadh mo lmh mar a dh'iarradh mo shil!</FONT c>
-- <FONT size="1">If my hand could do as my eye would desire!</FONT s>
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BevL
01-29-2001, 12:20 AM
Roan
I did a portrait of a persons' pet cockatiel that had died from egg-binding. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to paint the bird to actually look like her! All I had to go by was a fuzzy photograph, where I couldn't see her eyes or beak clearly at all.
I did the best I could with it, and had it framed and sent it to the owner, who I had never even met in person.

When I got her letter after she received the painting, my fears were put to rest. Of course, they cried. And it hangs over thier mantle in thier living room, where they get joy from seeing thier precious Tailee every day. That was almost two years ago, and I still hear from the woman from time to time, and she never fails to mention how much that painting means to her and her husband.
I am sure your portrait will be cherished just as much as Tailees' is.
Expect tears when they see this. This is a precious gift to them.

[This message has been edited by BevL (edited January 29, 2001).]

Roan
01-29-2001, 06:48 AM
Originally posted by BevL:
Roan
I did a portrait of a persons' pet cockatiel that had died from egg-binding. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to paint the bird to actually look like her! All I had to go by was a fuzzy photograph, where I couldn't see her eyes or beak clearly at all.
I did the best I could with it, and had it framed and sent it to the owner, who I had never even met in person.

When I got her letter after she received the painting, my fears were put to rest. Of course, they cried. And it hangs over thier mantle in thier living room, where they get joy from seeing thier precious Tailee every day. That was almost two years ago, and I still hear from the woman from time to time, and she never fails to mention how much that painting means to her and her husband.
I am sure your portrait will be cherished just as much as Tailees' is.
Expect tears when they see this. This is a precious gift to them.]


Bev:

What a wonderful story. That's exactly what I'm afraid of, that the painting won't do the dog justice. I was lucky to get four really good photos from my neighbor, Kim, to use as reference. Kim wrote to Carol's mom and told her what was up and asked her to send photos. She did and they are wonderful -- I had two poses to choose from and very detailed faces. After the comments I've been getting here and in the Critiques forum, I feel MUCH better about the painting.

My last painting is another story and the main reason I'm so uncertain and lacking confidence in this one. Kim, the same neighbor, asked me to do one of her mom's deceased German Shepard. A mottled black & brown shepard, black head, with the greying gene. She gave me two photos of the dog set against the woodwork of her kitchen and I could barely see the dog! The colors drove me batty. I did that painting four times and couldn't get the dog right! The head was in a horrible position, most of it was solid black in the photo. Anyhow, I gave it to Kim and could tell she knew I'd had problems. Sigh.

Anyhow, thank you very much for boistering my confidence, it was sorely needed! I feel so positive about this painting now. I'll post a finished image when it's done.

Again, thanks, Bev!


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<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Nan danadh mo lmh mar a dh'iarradh mo shil!</FONT c>
-- <FONT size="1">If my hand could do as my eye would desire!</FONT s>
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dduchene
01-29-2001, 08:34 AM
Beautiful Roan...as usual.
I think however that you should mute the reds in the chair a bit and also more shadow in that area...I find that it is competing too much with Casey's left side...it seems to blend into him and appears closer than it should...needs to be pushed back and let Casey take center stage. Perhaps a few bits of backlighting sneaking around to outline his left side against the chair would help too. What a great looking dog...and a sad story http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif
I notice too that the left ear seems a lot smaller and shorter than the right. I know that the angle is different but the tip blends into the chair and makes it appear too short to me. I hate being a critic...especially on such a nice piece , I think overall it's a winner...the owners must just love it. I am sorry I missed it in critiques...that forum moves so quickly these days that I miss a lot of great works. I find a nice relaxed flow in the wildlife forum, much more conducive to ongoing dialogues.

Waiting patiently for your next Roan http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Darrell

Roan
01-29-2001, 08:58 PM
Originally posted by dduchene:
Beautiful Roan...as usual.

Aww, thanks Darrell :P


I think however that you should mute the reds in the chair a bit and also more shadow in that area...I find that it is competing too much with Casey's left side...it seems to blend into him and appears closer than it should...needs to be pushed back and let Casey take center stage. Perhaps a few bits of backlighting sneaking around to outline his left side against the chair would help too. What a great looking dog...and a sad story http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif

Done and done! I'll post the finished piece hopefully tomorrow if the weather holds. I'm going to shoot the pictures outside.

I notice too that the left ear seems a lot smaller and shorter than the right. I know that the angle is different but the tip blends into the chair and makes it appear too short to me. I hate being a critic...especially on such a nice piece , I think overall it's a winner...the owners must just love it.

Hey, that's the type of thing I need to hear and why I posted in here. Expertise! I've darkened the bottom of that ear so that it stands out from the chair more. That little touch adds a lot! Thank you.


I am sorry I missed it in critiques...that forum moves so quickly these days that I miss a lot of great works. I find a nice relaxed flow in the wildlife forum, much more conducive to ongoing dialogues.

Exactly why I post in two forums! :P


Waiting patiently for your next Roan http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Oh man, the pressure! The pressure! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Hugs and thanks, Darrell!



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-- <FONT size="1">If my hand could do as my eye would desire!</FONT s>
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Minibrush
02-02-2001, 10:57 AM
Oh Roan, Casey is beautiful. As a boxer owner and lover, I believe you have captured what they're all about. Without having even met the dog, I can envision her personality and silliness. I lost several boxers to tragic circumstances and can tell you any boxer lover would be moved by Casey's portrait.

Nice job, and like I read in a previous posting, expect some heartfelt tears. Casey's family will have her spirit in that portrait forever.

Minibrush

Roan
02-02-2001, 09:16 PM
Thank you very much, Minibrush. I'm inspired to try a different breed now :P

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<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Nan danadh mo lmh mar a dh'iarradh mo shil!</FONT c>
-- <FONT size="1">If my hand could do as my eye would desire!</FONT s>
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