Friday, February 5, 2010

New Portrait - Japanese Chin

I've started a new portrait commission of a sweet little Japanese Chin.  Unfortunately, this is a memorial portrait and I'm always so sad to get these as it means the dear pet has departed.  This little girl is being done in pastel on Ampersand PastelBord at about life size which is 8x10 inches.  I haven't prepared any of my own boards in an 8x10 size and since I had one already from Ampersand, I'm using it.  I'll also use the glassless framing process to seal it as it has to be shipped to California - all the way from one coast of the US to the other - and I don't want to chance that it will get damaged.  I'm using my usual pastels:  Richeson sticks for the layout and color blocking, Rembrandt soft pastels for most of it and pastel pencils for details.

The reference photo was from a camera phone and isn't the greatest so I'm going to just have to do the best I can with it.  I just started it this morning and am making good progress with it so I hope to finish it in the next day or so if not sooner.  It's a rainy, cold and nasty day so there's not a lot I can do except paint (or clean house) so I will work on it as much as I can.  

I'll keep you posted on the results.



5 comments:

sue said...

Looking good Jan - I hope progress continues to go smoothly.

I really like your watermark by the way :o)

Dors said...

Great start Jan. Yes it's always sad when pets depart but it's so nice to have a personal drawing/painting to see everyday and remember good times with them.

I look forward to seeing the updates and finished piece.

Jan said...

Thanks Sue and Dors, My husband got home early yesterday because of the weather and I didn't get much chance to work on it further.

Sue, the watermark was made from a Dover design. I like it but it doesn't work with many paintings.

Roby Baer said...

Wonderful work, darling Chin,keep it going!!

Jeanette said...

It looks lovely so far. Your ability in this is wonderful.