|Dog outline masked, then play with background|
|First glazes on dog|
|Many, many thin glazes to build up coat texture|
|More texture, and some face detail|
|It's there, in essence, but needs depth. This is where Anne's help came into play.|
This portrait took much longer than I had anticipated. True, I did want to go slowly with her coat's glazes, to achieve a sense of wooly depth. But I also suffered my usual dose of the "winter megrims", and quite often did not feel like painting. [or anything else]
Cindy was painted with my favorite animal colors - quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone blue. The background grass was glazes and sponges of aureolin, phthalo. green, quin. gold, quin. burnt orange and indanthrone blue.
I must add, at one point near the completion of the painting, I contacted Anne Zoutos, a painter who creates marvellous dog portraits. I took her advice, and it has really helped the painting. Thank you very much, Anne!!!