"Annie", pastel, 12 x18"
As Christmas is coming more orders for last minute commissions come in too. This intelligent young black labrador retriever was quite playful as I tried to take her picture...stealing my hat and running all over the yard with it. I enjoyed the chase...we became quick friends :) The owner thought she'd be hard to photograph, but with a treat in one hand and the camera on the other I caught her with her eyes bright and her ears up, the light coming from one side.
Yes, Rembrandt lighting works for doggie portraits too! I always like to paint black animals with blue...the black tends to fill in and look flat...can't really depict warm or cool, just values...and it turns out more like a charcoal drawing instead of a pastel painting.
Hope this portrait makes a great Christmas surprise....
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