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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Portrait in Oils

oil portrait on canvas
In a recent commission I was asked about doing a portrait of a Bichon named Monique who had passed on a few years ago. They now have Patrick in their lives.
After some discussion they decided to have them together in a painting as one keepsake piece of fine art.
The oil portrait above is the result of the commission.
Monique was a sweetie with a loving personality and is greatly missed. They always adorned her with ribbons or flowers and she was the light of their lives.
Patrick is a lively youngster with a large personality and penchant for letting you know he is the Prince of their castle.
My goal in this piece was to try to distinguish the difference between the two and this was achieved by placing Monique behind Patrick, using her sweet expression and open look in her face while giving Patrick the spotlight, the side glance of mischief that might be brewing and a jaunty tie.
There is a challenge in painting solid colored pets. It is a matter of looking for colors and definition to their coats and to making the most of their eyes to convey life. It is one of the best parts of painting animals for me.
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