Tuesday, December 12, 2006

WIP (Work In Progress) - Sadie I

My sister, Circe, blogged about my little angel-dog over at Purrs & Scratches, so I was inspired to actually show you a WIP of a watercolor I am working on of my little munchkin. I am taking minor creative license, skewing the angle for the best composition.

Here is the preliminary drawing followed by the first step in rendering the doglet.

This is my first pet portrait, so keep your fingers crossed! Whatever I paint, I tend to start with the lightest values, especially any yellows, then jump into the darks.


On to the specs. This is woodless graphite and Winsor & Newton watercolor paints on Arches 140-Lb. Hot Press paper (here I am working on a 10" x 14" block). Thus far the paints used are Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, and Burnt Umber.

I plan to use French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber for my darks, adjusting the proportions for warm and cool tones. For the background, which is my pale skin (since I'm hugging her), I will likely use mixtures of Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, and Burnt Umber with lots of water to let the white of the paper show through and glow.

I'll update this post as I make progress, which tends to be slow (I work in fits...this start of golds came in one evening). Thanks for looking! :)

EDIT (7/6/2007): I put this painting away for a long time. I felt that I had ruined it with the bold darks. I changed the original plan of dark muddy colors to a muted dark color mixed from Phthalo Blue (Daler-Rowney) and Cadmium Red (WN). Now I step back and I like them. Tonight I uploaded the third step. So I am past a point of no return...one of these days I will wrap this one up!


EDIT (12/18/2008): I pulled this painting out after not looking at it for over a year. I suddenly was inspired to take the blocked-in piece and continue to develop it. I added more darks (combinations of cadmium red, pthalo blue, Daniel Smith perylene maroon, and FUB), softened edges, and began blocking in the rest of her body. I am thinking I will leave the bottom unfinished, and although my arms are holding her, I think I will only hint at that with some soft warm greys. I'll post a final as soon as I'm done!

EDIT (12/28/2008): Finally finished Sadie last week and framed her up yesterday as a birthday gift to Anthony. I cropped her a smidge to keep the focus on her eyes. I wanted to capture her noble profile and her sweet, and (sometimes) intelligent nature. I just suggested the hand holding her to help integrate her with the white background and also, the hand is only important to give her a sense of scale.

13 comments:

Circe said...

Looks good so far!

Raj said...

Looks like it's gonna come out great, stumbled across your blog - great stuff.

Shannon R. said...

Thatnks, Raj! Appreciate it! Before these I painted mostly florals in watercolor and nude figure stuff in charcoal and acrylics. So this is a recording of my journey to find other subjects and ways of working! :)

Shannon R. said...

Sorry I am so slow to move on this...I have been so busy I haven't painted in over a month. Keep the faith! :)

HomeImprovementNinja said...

Looks good to me. I'm not an expert on art or anything, but as Justive Stevens said about porn," I know it when I see it."

Circe2020 said...

That's my Sadie Girl!

You going to paint her body sometime soon?

Shannon R. said...

Yup...tryin' to get back to her! I have several paintings on the easel right now and none seem to want to tell me what to do next!

Circe said...

She has a body! YAY!!

Kristie said...

Looking good!! You rock! I wish I could paint like you!! Miss you sweetie!

Shannon said...

Thanks, y'all, for bearing with me while I finished this! Miss you, Kupcake!!! Miss Circe, I hope you are feeling better!

Circe said...

You do, however, need to paint in your hand. It looks weird with poor Sadie floating in air with the greatest of ease. Unless your goal is to make it that the hand of God is holding up the Angel dog.

Chris & Mauri said...

What an awesome painting!!! Ohh... little Sadie!! :-)

Shannon said...

Thanks, y'all! OK, that's the second comment I've gotten that the hand needs more color and detail, so I'm goin' back in.