I worked large in this painting of Roy, Ben, Jack and Sheila, which paid off big time. I had considered doing a 6″ x 12″ painting and eliminating much of the wall but by going small, catching the details of each dog would have been really difficult.
I used a 19″ x 25″Sennelier Pastel Card paper in charcoal. It has a medium but consistent tooth. Pastel papers come in a variety of sanded textures, a bit less abrasive than actual sand paper, but just like sand paper they vary by grit. This one was perfect for the job, allowing me to lay down several layers of pastel to pull out all the colors – and to make adjustments to the original drawing as the painting was in progress.
There’s nothing (I thought) I enjoy more than pulling out all the colors of the rainbow from black, but working with the all the variations of colors in shadows and highlights of the brown dog’s fur was a revelation.
Speaking of that big wall behind the dogs, pulling colors out of that was fun too. There is a door at the right behind the brown dog, but I got rid of the details, just as I did in the wall, both here and in my painting ‘Summer Visitors’. I didn’t want them competing with the focus of the paintings, which is of course the dogs and the birds.
Any inquiries may come to me and if you have a painting in mind that you’d like to commission I’m happy too talk to you about it. Did you get a chance to see how it works?