This is often an artist's nightmare...but I am a pushover for someone who really wants my art and is heartfelt about loving their pet. So I said yes, and she e-mailed me the photo. I struggled with enlarging it many times in photoshop, of course lessening the quality of the photo. Various photos had different values and colors in the fur...so I did a composite.
The dog sat on a white blanket that did nothing for the composition. I thought with all the warm golds, a purple background would help. So I took out a 9x12" ampersand pastel board and sketched him out on it, giving the purple an underpainting with pastel washed with alcohol.
"Bailey", pastel, 9x12" ©Kim Werfel
Normally, I like to meet the pets....(if I can) and take my own photos. But I realized that the owners are more interested in having something to remember their 4-legged friend, rather than nothing. So sometimes a work of art is more of a work of "heart".
This was shipped to Ohio. So now my work is finding homes in new States. I find that kinda exciting too.
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