I’ve been a bit tied up with several commissions ( which is great, obviously) and quite a lot of work with the Chandos Society of Artists recently, but, as the festive season approaches, I can review the work which, I hope, had found favour with the people that asked me to produce it…
First was the pleasure of producing a portrait of Chelsea, the charming successor to Rocky whom I depicted earlier this year ( see post: thinking outside the box(er)). (Tricky blighters, nesting brackets!) (Nesting Boxers? …Sorry!) So, the other paintings will follow, but this is Chelsea’s spot.
I took lots of photos and did some sketches, but this was Julie’s (Chelsea’s owner) preferred pose:
Then I followed what has proved a useful plan, which is to collect sketches, photos and other ideas together:
and then to do a drawing, full-size, in water-solouble crayons (such as neocolour II).:
You can deal with any problems of composition at this stage, then trace the main shapes and …finally:
I was encouraged to think it a good likeness when the windpw-cleaner ( who also does Chelsea’s owners’ windows ) said ‘I see you’re doing a picture of Chelsea!’ . I had the painting on an easel inthe conservatory, so he had a good view. He then said ‘I recognise the umbrella stand too.’ But Chelsea’s owners seemed pleased with the likeness of the dog, too, which was a relief!
More on the other commissions later!