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Leo - Painting Demonstration - A Work in Progress - STAGES


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18x14 inches / oil on gallery wrapped canvas
commissioned portrait

Work in Progress  Leo is absolutely gorgeous, shown here posing at the shore. This is a progressive illustration of my extensive process which goes into the development of every painting. Thin glazes or layers of paint are gradually built up to create a luminous, hightly detailed portrait which captures every nuance of expression and character. (This same process is used for all my work, including still lifes which are far more elaborate in composition.) Click the image to enlarge and read the descriptions of each step. I especially enjoyed painting Leo's snout which had to be absolutely perfect, particularly with this lighting as it could easily become bent to one side if not precise. Of particular enjoyment were the curls of his fur, especially at the ends of his ears where the very subtle contrasts became quite realistic when viewing the physical painting.
10% of proceeds donated to Poodle Rescue of New England

Following is Leo's portrait completed.  This image is not that clear, unfortunately.  When I step away from a finished work I experience two things:  1) I'm exhausted; and 2) I exhibit absolutely no patience when it comes to photographing my painting.  Therefore, I only hand hold my camera without a tripod or supplemental lighting.  It is what it is...not the best approach, but there you have it!   Due to my lazy photography skills, only the buyers can experience the painting adequately.  Nevertheless, hope you like!

"LEO BY THE SEA"
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taste testing, meeting Teddy, sitting pretty

taste testing, meeting Teddy, sitting pretty

...and one of my beautiful boys

...and one of my beautiful boys

and here are my big boys

and here are my big boys

...and our other big boy

...and our other big boy

my constant companion in the garden whom we lost to cancer this past spring

my constant companion in the garden whom we lost to cancer this past spring