Pet Portraits, connecting the dots
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.