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Dogginess

January 22nd, 2006


I know, I said I was going to do something botanical. And then I went and painted something dogical.
Just don’t tell Ripley that I drew someone else. She will be so jealous.
If I go to a friend’s house and play with their dog she is ALL OVER me with questions when I come home.
Who were you with? What did he look like (yes, dogs know if it was a he or a she)
Did you give him a treat? Did you bring one for me?

Tech stuff:
Watercolor and colored pencil (both watersoluble kind and waxy kind) on Stonehenge paper. The underlying watercolor was painted with a squirrel mop. Some Photoshopping to clean up ragged edges and correct color and values.

I guess I better not leave that squirrel mop within reach of you-know-who or I’ll have to go looking for it in the doghouse.

15 Comments »

  1. I hope this doesn’t get your further in the doghouse, but it’s a really DELIGHTFUL watercolor! And your words had me giggling
    and giggling! My cat does the same thing! LOL

    Comment by Lin — January 22, 2006 @ 2:02 pm
  2. Love the rendering of the fur, how you captured that sweet face – very nice watercolor!

    Comment by Laurie — January 22, 2006 @ 5:24 pm
  3. Beautiful. I’m in awe at how you managed to depict the fur on the top of his head…the outline bit near the background colour. This is just amazing. Lovely dog too. :o )

    Comment by Terri — January 22, 2006 @ 6:01 pm
  4. Karen, every time I see a watercolor of yours I think it is the best one yet…..and then you do another one that is even better!

    Comment by TeriC — January 22, 2006 @ 9:09 pm
  5. Just wonderful! You really do love dogs, it shows! Ripley has a right to be jealous!

    Comment by Felicity — January 22, 2006 @ 9:29 pm
  6. This is such a beautiful painting! Such a sweet face! What is a squirrel mop!

    Comment by joyce — January 22, 2006 @ 10:10 pm
  7. Thanks for your comments, all …
    Joyce, a squirrel mop is like a round brush but it is bigger in the diameter and it comes to a very fine point, allowing you to go from a very thick line to an extremely fine one. Mine is a series 250 Winsor and Newton but I lust for a big Isabey which is reputedly the finest made. When you make a puddle of mixed paint, for example, you would be amazed how much paint this kind of brush holds – just like a big floor mop. Most of the brown hair on the dog, for example, was done with one or two continuous strokes without recharging the brush.

    Comment by Karen — January 22, 2006 @ 10:44 pm
  8. I think you nailed the effect of getting the light right on the leading/backlit edge of your recent watercolours. It is evdient on this piece and the rooster and this is what gives these works real life and depth.

    Comment by Detlef — January 23, 2006 @ 12:44 am
  9. Detlef, what a very good observation. Yes, backlighting certainly helps with the modeling. Having white in the subject helps, although I think even a colored subject can “glow” if you get it backlit just the right way. Now I need to find one of those tulip magnolias to observe in early morning light … and see what happens.

    Comment by Karen — January 23, 2006 @ 1:15 am
  10. just beautiful Karen! and looking forward to your blogstory entry, terrific to see the steps of your warming up illo

    Comment by Cin — January 23, 2006 @ 9:22 pm
  11. grrrowll…who’s that dog?!?…..

    Woops, Ripley! Get off my keyboard…

    Hi, Karen!! What a gentle portrait.

    Woah Ripley, he’s not as pretty as you. For sure.

    ;)

    Comment by u l a n — January 24, 2006 @ 9:05 am
  12. Very good – I love the backlit effect as well. The dog’s owner must be delighted, so natural looking.

    Comment by Julie Oakley — January 24, 2006 @ 4:56 pm
  13. Have you ever done a commissioned dog portrait, Karen? I’d hire you in a heartbeat to Cookie. Ripley is too gorgeous.

    Comment by Fran — January 24, 2006 @ 6:25 pm
  14. Sweet dog! (not as sweet as Ripley, I’m sure.) Do you find that the Stonehenge paper can only take about one and a half watercolor washes before it starts to tear up?

    Comment by Linda — January 24, 2006 @ 8:00 pm
  15. Wonderful wonderful watercolour of the dog. I love your dog pictures.
    MD

    Comment by Marie-Dom — January 28, 2006 @ 10:41 am

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