Tuesday, November 22, 2011


"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....

Thank you for viewing my art.



  1. Sweet! Love the eyes and brows. You are an inspiration.

  2. Thank you so much Patti! She really is a sweet dog and I tried to capture that :)