Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Watercolor WIP

I almost hate to post this as I think the ugly stage is going to last for a while but I haven't posted in so long that I figured I needed to show you something. Wouldn't want you to forget me, lol.

The truth is, I just haven't been in a painting mood for quite some time and am still having a hard time getting going with this. The sketch went quickly though and it seems that if the sketch goes well, the painting does also. Let's hope that's the case with this portrait.

In case you haven't guessed it, this is a black dog with touches of orange like in the eyebrows and lower chest area. This blue gray color that I have so far is the highlight color. Of course, it's in the very beginning stages so there's a lot left to be done.

This is not really a commission but is from a rescue group's auction where I had donated a gift certificate for a portrait. I got to meet this pretty lady in person as I shared a booth with a friend and Miss Heidi came by for a treat and some petting. She had been adopted from this rescue group and now has a great home. I wish all the animals there & in shelters or foster care everywhere could find loving, forever homes.

If you have room in your home and in your lives, please consider a shelter dog - they are so loving and grateful to you for adopting them and they can make the best pets! I know because ours came from rescue organization foster homes and there's none better!

Anyway, pop in from time to time for updates. I'm hoping to be able to finish this by the first of next week at the latest.


Jeanette said...

Your start has strong 'bones' and I'm sure its heading in the right direction under your expert guidance Jan.

I agree, shelter dogs make the best pets. I've had a number of them myself.

Jan said...

I hope it's going in the right direction, Jeanette, but the "expert guidance" thing made me laugh.

sue said...

I think its great to see the 'ugly stages' from other artists .... helps to know we all suffer them and (hopefully) come out the other side with work we can be happy with!

Look forward to seeing the next stages as he becomes 'prettier'

Jan said...
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Jan said...

I don't believe I've ever seen any "ugly stage" for anything you've ever posted, Sue! It seems that your art is great from beginning to finish!

Peggi Habets said...

Great start. Hardly an ugly stage but I know what you mean about posting before the painting is where you want it to be. Look forward to seeing it finished.

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Jan said...

Man, I guess it's the cold weather as I have totally messed more than one comment post lately!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, Peggi. You were here just as I was writing a new update to this post. Of course, it's still in the ugly stage but I'm beginning to see daylight with it!