I like to paint large background washes without having to worry about avoiding details. The wonderful way that watercolor spreads as you drop pools of color is fascinating to me. This step shows where I am applying mastik resist to protect the areas I want to keep white. Sometimes it is distracting sometimes because it gives the impression that the area us a dark color. It is one of those “mind over matter” things to avoid getting mixed up with.
I received a project from my daughter’s friend Libby for a portrait of her dog Stella that has passed away. Libby runs Cornerstone Danes out of Oroville WA absolutely beautiful dogs. Unfortunately, Libby lost almost all of her photos of Stella when her phone crashed. You can imaguine how horrible that is. What we had to work with are five shots. One is detailed and up close, the others are not so close up and in different positions definetly showing her personality.
Stella was deeply loved and greatly missed and I look forward to painting her. From my own personal experience I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to our best friends!
BTW. I still take photographs with a real digital Nikon D60 and love the ability to adjust for different lighting and detail.
Here is the reference photos I am working from to do a portrait of a special beloved dog named “Stella” see the owners website, Cornerstone Danes. Isn’t she the sweetest face you have ever seen?
Her face is shown with all the mastik removed then continuing with a little more details added in different layers of transparancy. Mostly the focus is on darkening shadows on the face, hair and around her eyes and mouth.Am hoping to get this one done in time to enter it into the Spokane Watercolor Society contest coming up.