Monday, August 2, 2010

David's dogs

I did this particular commission for David, a nice man in Michigan who wanted this as a gift for his partner. These are his adorable dogs and he wanted them all in one portrait together.

I started as I always do with portraits - a simple sketch to make sure I have the correct proportions. To me, it's the like the foundation of a house. If you don't get it right, the whole thing can fall apart. I mean, imagine going through all the work to get the details of an eye and then realize you put it in the wrong place!

This complete piece of art is 16" x 20" on a Richeson sanded board using the wonderful, buttery unison pastels.

If you want a portrait of a favorite animal or person, let me know - - it would be a unique holiday gift and not too early to have me start working on it! By the way, David and his partner were very happy with it!


Sandy said...

That is absolutely beautiful.

Liz said...

I love it! The dog on the bottom right looks like he's tough but also wise.

Mary Telfer said...

Thanks Sandy! hahaha, Liz, yes,he does... kind of like the James Cagney of dogs. : )