Monday, June 21, 2010

Chinese Crested Dog - Pastel Painting (WIP#1)

Today I started a new painting, and I am back to painting my favourite subject - dogs!

My family and I went to a show put on by Dogs NSW at their showground at Erskine Park the other week. It was open to the public to find out about dogs and which kind would make a great pet. I went to take photos to paint. My daughter went to pat as many puppies as she was allowed!

A couple of great ladies from the Kelpie Club of NSW let me take photos of their dogs, and one of them also owned a couple of Chinese Crested dogs, which look to me like miniature afghans. So I decided to start painting one of them, the hairless one which has an interesting look.

Here are the results so far, after about 1.5 hours work.

For a hairless dog, there is a lot of hair on the head of this little pup - it's not all there yet, in fact it almost completely covers its eyes and ears. It has a pink and brown mottled skin. So this is early days yet but the bones are there, so to speak.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Abandoned - WIP#11 (Old Car Pastel Painting)

Well, this is it. I am going to say that this is finished. I have a month until I have to get this framed so I'll sit with it a while and see if anything else jumps out at me.

Sorry that the pic is not the best - will have to take another one in full daylight.

Onto the next project, which will be back to the puppies that I love to paint so much. Having spent the day at a dog show last weekend, I have some lovely pics to work from of some really beautiful dogs.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Watercolour Class

I have moved on from landscapes to a still life finally. I don't really enjoy the watercolour landscapes, but then I also don't focus on those when I'm using pastels either.

My tutor set up a still life with Bird of Paradise flowers and leaves. I chose to draw on flower with a leaf.

I was much happier painting this - I think it must be something to do with the detail. The landscapes were too impressionistic for me I think. This was much more interesting. It is not quite finished, but I am definitely more happy with the result so far than with my last painting, which I didn't even post here.