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Old 08-20-2008, 07:27 PM
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Calvin, a Border Collie

It's gratifying to find that I'm steadily making inroads into non-Basset portraiture (although Bassets will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I'll never stop paint them).

I've grown dearly fond of pet portraiture these past few years, and while it doesn't command the fees (or respect) that traditional portraiture realizes, I find the field increasingly rewarding and satisfying. In addition to the piece just begun below, I will next be embarking into the arena of horse portraiture, an area that can command lucrative returns.

Allow me to here to introduce to you Calvin, an extremely handsome Border Collie. This canvas will again be 16" x 20".

You can't tell yet, but Calvin has a relatively unique coloring from the typical black and white of Border Collies. He is a gorgeous chocolate brown, with auburn highlights.

I find his round-eyed, owl-like gaze simply captivating.



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Old 08-20-2008, 07:36 PM
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Great drawing, great expression and eyes.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:14 PM
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Dave... looks like I have a front row seat... awesome!
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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

A great start, I can hardly wait to see this one progress.
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Old 08-22-2008, 09:59 AM
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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

Thanks everyone. Very much.

I tinted the white canvas a pale golden ochre last night and will complete the background on the weekend. I experimented with this stupid mouth-aspirator. You know the L-shaped thing that you dip in your mix and blow through one end; sort of a half-assed air-brush. It sorta, kinda worked, but what a hard-to-control pain! Uneven tint and spit going everywhere! I'll have to replace my kaput compressor and dig out my airbrush for future applications, because I do like the smooth even coverage versus using a hake brush.

(I should also commence my long anticipated horse portrait.! Really looking forward to that. Haven't painted a horse in more than a decade, and never one this gorgeous.)

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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

Dave this is stunning, and what an expression! Ha, it just makes me laugh.

But you are now just *teasing* me with the horse portrait, Dave, methinks you gotta double your working hours here.

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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

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Dave this is stunning, and what an expression! Ha, it just makes me laugh.

But you are now just *teasing* me with the horse portrait, Dave, methinks you gotta double your working hours here.

~!Carey

Thanks, Carey! LOL!

Double my hours? Even that wouldn't be enough I fear. I have a waiting list of commissions stretching well into next year, You'd think I could focus myself, wouldn't you. I am so-o-o lazy.

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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

What a beautiful dog, I love Border Collies they are so pretty. Nice drawing love how you did the fur.
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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

You have really captured the personality Dave, beautiful drawing, if the painting turns out as good you have it nailed.

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Thanks Avarwen and Roy!

OK, here is his background. It's a mix of raw umber, ultramarine blue, Naples yellow and titanium white.

If you look at the large link you will see how I've allowed some of my brush strokes to subtly mimic the grain of his fur.



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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

Dave,

Very nice beginning. What material are you spraying with a venturi spraying device? Is it fixative? I've always been cautious regarding the use of such coatings so early in the layers of a painting, but I am aware that others do it routinely.

I've discontinued the use of graphite pencil, in favor of charcoal for my sketches and transfers. Charcoal is supposed to be one way to avoid the dreaded "migration" of graphite through the layers of paint.

Personally, I don't believe that concept, but neither do I tempt fate, in case there may be some truth to that concept.

This is surely going to be a wonderful painting. I think animal portraits are a really good way to do commission painting. And, a heckuva lot easier than "people portraits". I always admire your work.

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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

Thanks, Bill.

I couldn't do what I do with charcoal. It'd drive me nuts. In any event, the relationship to my painting & my drawing is seamless, so even if migration were to take place (no sign of it so far in my nearly 30 year old canvases) it wouldn't matter. I never draw anything that isn't painted.

I used a thinned solution of taltine and oil paint, the consistency of thin ink. I was able to fix my compressor so next time I tint I'll be able to use my air-brush.

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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

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This is surely going to be a wonderful painting. I think animal portraits are a really good way to do commission painting. And, a heckuva lot easier than "people portraits". I always admire your work.

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thats because there's no flesh tones Bill only hair.
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Thanks Avarwen and Roy!

OK, here is his background. It's a mix of raw umber, ultramarine blue, Naples yellow and titanium white.

If you look at the large link you will see how I've allowed some of my brush strokes to subtly mimic the grain of his fur.



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Old 08-23-2008, 08:51 PM
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Re: Calvin, a Border Collie

He does have a superior "what-the-heck-are-you-looking-at" attitude, doesn't he, George.

We'll have to see if Bill proves to be correct as I continue with the Lady & Hound piece ...

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