A Close Bond
Oil on Linen on PanelA few months ago I was up in Carpinteria to take some photos for a commission and met this dog and his owner at the mechanic's shop across the street from my subject. In talking to this hardworking gentleman he found out I was an artist and wanted to see if I could paint his dog. I took a few shots focusing on getting some interesting back-lighting and and shadows and I ended up painting two pictures of him.
My focus in this one was to establishing some clear values, and to describe the strong afternoon-light. I didn't quite stick to having dark be dominant, then less medium and a sliver of light as I decided to add some cooler color in the ground area to add some variety to all that orange and that made there be more than a sliver of the lightest value...It's interesting to see how little changes make a big difference. It's ultimately all a matter of personal artistic preference and I might still want to change it back to what I had (see below) before I bring it back to Carp to try to find this sweet pitt's owner:-) That is if I want the highlights on the dog's head to be the central focus...