The last few days I have been working on Leonard's portrait. I apologize for the angle that the photo was taken at, but at this able the light was just right to give a pretty good accuracy to Leonard's true colours. His base coat is now done so now it is the slow going part of adding his fur with my 10/0 (tiney!) paint brush.
I apologize for the glare on the painting, it is very hard to photograph wet oil paint on an overcast day. I ended up repainting Pasha's muzzle... the colouring wasn't quite right, too white and too dark of a spot. This version is much closer to her actual look. She is pretty much done. I am going to let the paint dry a little while and then see if there are any more tweaks before I sign and varnish.
Still plugging away at my pet portraits.... just haven't had the computer on to do an update the last few days. Pasha has her first layer complete and I am starting the second, detailed layer. This is where I find the portrait really comes to life as I add all the details such as her whiskers and eye lashes.
I've also started working on of the burmese brothers, Leonard. I am finding him a touch bit more of a challenge to fine tune the colour of his fur, but I think I am close now. For some reason I just couldn't get a true picture of his under painting. I'll try again when his portrait is a little more dryer.
After many excuses of why not to start this series of portraits of my pet, I've finally decided that now is the time. Last nights efforts.... almost done the first layer. Then I will let it dry for a few days and add in the details like her whiskers and such.
Winter, winter.... go away, come again another day......
It is amazing to remember that this time last year I was basking in the sun, the lawn was green, flowers were blooming, and most importantly winter was over! I can definitely tell that the days are getting longer, and even the last few days of warmth and sunshine can fool one to believe that spring is here. But, this morning waking to snow squalls was a definite reminder that winter has not given up so easily.