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The Greatest Dane #PetLove

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The Greatest Dane #Petlove 16x20 o/c

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Category Painting
Type Painting
Subject Pet
Material Oil Paint
Style Realist, Other
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What was your source for this piece? Other
Tell us a little more about your inspiration. from my photos of family pets

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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. I painted this portrait of Josie, our family dog, by referencing an old photo I took of her. She was a majestic and stoic presence in our lives so I chose to use a deep scarlet background to highlight her beautiful color. I used one brush, as I often do, to grind the paint into the canvas. I find a short hard bristol is best for my technique. I usually layer my colors to push and pull the subject then add value by using one color added to the base colors of the form.

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Is the piece for sale? No

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What are you most proud of? I am most proud of capturing her essence in the richness of color and her position. She was glorious.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I think that when using a photo as reference, one should be prepared to improvise. I do not expect to paint everything true in the photograph so I try to capture the main subject and blur the rest. I did so in this piece by omitting the landscape in the photo and placing a semi solid color background.

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