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Pet Portraits, connecting the dots

August 15, 2017

I always try to paint the background of my portraits prior to jumping into the actual animal.  I find this important because we want the background to be just what it is, the grounding for the back of the painting.  If you attempt to add the background as a later thought, it often appears that it has been just that, and the subject doesn't move forward like you may want.

 

My clients are asked what colors they prefer, and I do my best to blend them into a subtle hue.  I keep these backgrounds simple as not to distract from my main subject, and prefer painting the face/neck area as opposed to the full profile of the animal.  Humans and pets alike, connect via our eyes, so this is where I will concentrate my efforts next.  This is a Belgium Shepherd, oil on canvas, 11x14.  I'll connect more dots later.  

 

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