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Chocolate lab dog paintings completed

Bit of an update on Holly’s dog portrait. I’m a little behind as my website crashed entirely losing my blog to boot. I’ve had to rebuild it all from scratch as my databases were lost so it’s been a frantic few days (and I work a full time job too). At last I can stop pulling my hair out now I’m back online! I have lots more to do to sort it out but at least you can visit some sort of website for the time being!

I also thought it was time for a bit of a spruce up and have tidied up in terms of pages, navigation etc so it’s easier to get around and then a new range of colours just right for spring as it is the season for all things stormy! I’ve also made my blog with a narrow sidebar so I can add bigger pics!

So Holly has been patiently awaiting my return to the easel bless her so it’s pastel pencils at the ready to get her finished now.

You can see more dogs in my dog portraits gallery. You can find out all about making your own pet portraits commissions or please feel free to contact me for more information

robin in tree aceo on ebay

This little cutie is still on Ebay. due to my website mania I haven’t really had chance to post it anywhere! You can find it here. See more Wildlife Art.

squirrel

Finally it feels as though spring isn’t too far off and the squirrels are out and about eating all the new cones from the trees. I do love grey squirrels even if they are not a native species to the UK. Sadly they do kill our very cute native red squirrels with a virus they carry but the reds are no longer in our neck of the woods and tend to live in pockets of woodland where they are protected to prevent them becoming extinct. You can see more of the local wildlife here

woodland sunshine

And here is a bit of England’s glory. Some sunshine in the beautiful woods of the Forest of Dean where I live. Not much green yet but it will soon start to appear and we can all sigh with relief that the grey of winter is finally over! All we need now is the sound of the cuckoo which is an old signal to leave your wellies at home!

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Feel free to visit my  gallery where you will find lots of completed dog portraits but if you like to see how they are made, visit my dog art blog posts where I show step by step updates from the beginning to end of each piece and don’t forget I offer worldwide pet portraits commissions.

Still working away on Holly, one of my latest labrador portraits and I think I’ve managed to get her shine coming through! Her reference photo is very hazy so it’s been quite a bit of guess work. Her Mum asked for the lightness on her forehead to be toned down, which I have done and it’s given way to lots of chocolate, yummy! Read my Customer reviews from previous clients.

You can see the previous stage here

labrador pastel painting

Holly’s Mum also mentioned the rolls of fur under her neck are what makes Holly so her. I think they are pretty unusual but they were great to do! Not far to go now and Holly has been luckier than most in that she got both her eyes early on. Of late I’ve been hopping about pet portraits so much I’ve missed vital parts of the anatomy being put in first!

Just for a little background info, I used derwent sticks for the blended background, then derwent, pitts and stabilo pastel pencils for Holly herself. I’ve used mainly pitts for the base chocolate layer (sounds like I’m baking a cake) with derwent and stabilos for the highlights as they sit on top the best to give that lovely sheen. I’ve got a bit of a project coming up, I need some eye catching wildlife art pieces for my shows this summer so keep your eyes open for something new!

Willow black german shepehrd

So as we are talking dog portraits, here is one of the photographic kind. My beautiful Willow out in the woods local to my house.

Woorgreen, Forest of Dean

Also, as I mentioned in a previous post on my blog that went to blog heaven when I deleted the database (don’t do it, there is no recovery unless you have off site back up, mine was on the same database – doh! But that’s what the hosts offer!) anyhow I digress, as I mentioned before I would add a little bit about me outside of pet portraits so here are a couple of photos from the local area. The above shot is from Woorgreen, one of my favourite places to visit. Sadly for two thirds of the year it’s quite muddy but now the sun is back, I’m hoping it will dry up!

Clanna

This is the view from Clanna woods. I little place in the middle of nowhere, very farm orientated and quite pretty and rural. I go to places like this a lot with my day job, but it’s only when the sun is out and the skies are clear you get to see how lovely things really look.

As it’s Easter, I’m wishing you all a very happy bank holiday. Enjoy the sunshine everyone!

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I hope you enjoyed my latest blog post. If you like it, please do subscribe to receive the latest news direct to your inbox including exclusive stuff!

Feel free to visit my  gallery where you will find lots of completed dog portraits but if you like to see how they are made, visit my dog art blog posts where I show step by step updates from the beginning to end of each piece and don’t forget I offer worldwide pet portraits commissions.

Holly’s dog portrait is now completed. I’ve sent each update of my labrador portraits to her Mum, and so far the news is all good, fingers crossed the last update is also the same! It’s definitely been hard resisting too much chocolate especially as it’s been Easter and Holly’s colouring has certainly made me feel very peckish!

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 So for a quick recap – Holly’s pet portrait is 10×10 inches on brown pastelmat. She has been completed in pastel pencils. I used mainly faber castel pitts for the underlayers, their browns are really perfect for Holly’s colouring. I then used stabilos and derwents for the highlights, they sit on top nicely as they are so creamy.

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 Me at the easel! The brown tape is framers tape, it is quite expensive but comes off really smoothly without damaging the pastelmat. (Wait for the rush on framers tape!) and my home made mahl stick is nice and wide so I can lean my whole arm against it. It prevents my sleeves rubbing the pastel when I work on tall pieces of animal art and am lifting my arm up and down.

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choc lab portrait

Look at all the pastel pencils colours I used! Yes, there is some blue and purple in there too! Amazing the shades which go into making fur!

I’ve made my website mobile friendly now so you should be able to view everything on all phones tablets as well as conventional computers in good order, let me know if you spot anything wrong though! Also, don’t forget, you can see more of my dog portraits in the gallery and if you like my artwork, don’t forget to follow my blog!

Don’t forget!

I hope you enjoyed my latest blog post. If you like it, please do subscribe to receive the latest news direct to your inbox including exclusive stuff!

Feel free to visit my  gallery where you will find lots of completed dog portraits but if you like to see how they are made, visit my dog art blog posts where I show step by step updates from the beginning to end of each piece and don’t forget I offer worldwide pet portraits commissions.

2 thoughts on “Chocolate lab dog paintings completed

  1. Thanks Ken! Appreciate the feedback 🙂

  2. nice finish karie …well done

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