12 X 16 - Oil on Canvas - SOLD
I rang the bell. Sally met me at the door and she was immediately very friendly. I was there to meet her and take photos of her in her backyard for an oil portrait. We went out in the yard and I discovered that Sally liked to stand on a tall rock and overlook her territory. She has a magnificent view towards the west overlooking a field, several back yards, and Long's Peak. My goal was to get her to pose for me up on that rock. I played with her for a few minutes and gave her some treats. Then I got the camera out and began taking pictures. I was surprised that she was a little camera shy. For every 25 shots I took only about two were useable as reference. She was always on the move, and she is very short so I found myself laying down on the ground a lot. After about 30 minutes outside with her I had the shots I needed.
I sent several possible photos to Sally's owner for approval. After I had a clear direction I produced the above oil painting. Sally wore a great collar that day and it really helped the portrait to pop. I put all the paint and important strokes up around her face. I want the viewers eye to always end up on that great face. Thanks for the great time Sally!
All the best,