12.31.2013

#341 - Lounging Leo

Lounging Leo
6" x 6" oil on hardboard  Sold

Here's Leo, lounging for his portrait. As I mentioned yesterday, this is the second of two pet portraits commissioned by my step-sister Christie. JB was the first:

I notice Leo has more of an intensity in the portrait, perhaps from the harder strokes and angle combined with a more intense warm color key. It's funny how different people preferences are. I prefer the more cooler subtle color palate of JB but my special lady (and painting constant) prefers this more intense one. Either way, I also simply like seeing these two side by side. They make a good pair, like warm and cold, complimenting each other. :)

If you'd like a pet portrait of your very own (or as a gift for someone like these two were) check out my commission information page or email me about it. Here are some more pet portrait examples to help you think about it. :)

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16 comments :

Brian said...

I love your two latest dog portraits! There is something almost sculptural to them. They both look solid and very much "there."

Questions: Do you work on a black or at least dark ground? I seem to see bits of it showing here and there. If so, how do you go about creating the dark ground? Just a layer of oil? Perhaps acrylic? Something else?

It's a very attractive effect - sort of giving lost and found outlines here and there without actually explicitly outlining anything.

And do you first make a light sketch in pencil (or something like that), to correctly place the forms, or do you just jump straight in with paint?

carol morgan carmichael said...

I could not pick a favorite. Tried. I love Leo's eyes. They look so nice with his coloring. These will definitely be a treasured pair.

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