Due to a busy week and other things getting in the way I’ve not been able to do much work on the second dog commission this week and the Christmas deadline’s looming….. And none of this helped by the fact that I’ve had a stinking cold this week and felt like shit!! But, part of the joy of being self employed is that jobs have to be done for deadlines no matter how you feel! So….. today I thought I ought to at least try and get some of the painting done even if it was something easy like a bit of the background, (cos in theory I shouldn’t be able to cock that up, even if I did feel way under par). So, a cup of tea in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other, I stood and looked at the painting and realised virtually straight away that I’d been going wrong in the first place by thinking that I should use gouache paint! I’d chosen it as I needed to paint virtually every hair on a hairy dog, I needed to use a medium that could paint light on dark (unlike watercolours) so had opted for gouache to do the job, but didn’t like the effect I had achieved so far (I couldn’t have been THAT ill then, if I could tell that straight away!), so my only option then was to use acylics as a fast drying watercolour medium that would show the gouache under-painting clearly but give a better overall result. I quickly did a glazing wash over with the acrylics and instantly felt a whole load better about the painting, to the point that within a few hours it was completely finished! Wow! I certainly hadn’t expected to finish it today. And that surprised me too. Because I started painting feeling bunged up, and full of cold and not thinking straight, and ended up still bunged up and full of cold, but with a totally clear head, aware of my creativity working properly and finishing the picture and even being very proud of the end result. So, another Wow!!! Perhaps my well-being just needs to be creative to get me feeling better!!
So… here it is – the finished painting. I’m not sure what sort of dog it is – a bit of everything I think. But I’m really pleased with the painting, and hopefully the recipient will like it too …… I think I’ve captured the dog nicely especially the large soulful eyes….