Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Acrylic on Canvas 20 x 16
While studying the techniques described in a book by Suellen Ross titled PAINT RADIANT REALISM IN WATERCOLOR, INK & COLORED PENCIL, I painted this portrait of Peanut. The photo reference was taken outside without a flash. The use of pillows, background fabrics and patterns was also inspired by the book. Suellen Ross is an award winning domestic animal and wildlife artist and her book is a favorite in my collection. When painting animals I refer to it quite often regardless of the medium I'm using. For me her pet portraits are unsurpassed. My animal portraits now almost always include a background "setting" to better describe a pet's personality. You know just by seeing Peanut on these soft pillows she is loved and pampered.
Often I underpaint in acrylic and then finish the painting in oil. This time I achieved the results I was after using only acrylics.