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Monday, July 27, 2009

A New Dog Portrait on My Easel!

Yes, I am finally painting again after a very long dry spell. This portrait was commissioned by my daughter, to give to the wonderful family who billetted her during an International Pony Club Exchange way back in the spring of 2008. This long overdue portrait is of Gracie, the family's whippet. The photo's that I have to work from aren't the best, and Gracie passed on shortly after my daughter came home, so I will have to do the best I can with what I have been given.

This is the first stage of the portrait. I have transferred my drawing on to watercolour paper, and started on the background. I had originally planned to paint this with acrylics, but after transferring the drawing I was compelled to start in with watercolour. I haven't painted with watercolour for a very long time, so it will be interesting to see where this goes. I have a feeling it will end up being a mixed media painting!


pencilportraits said...

I saw two beautiful whippets yesterday, they are lovely dogs, I'm sure you'll do Gracie justice and I can't wait to see more.

LisaBongZee ~ Island Dream Life said...

Looks like you are off to a great start, can't wait to see it finished. My sister has several Italian Greyhounds and many of them resemble the whippet. She also does Iggy rescue, and as of now has 4 fosters besides HER FOUR Iggys! Eight dogs! That is a little crazy, but she adores the breed and will do anything for them.

I'm sure Gracie is missed, but what a wonderful tribute to her!

ALoha, Lisabongzee

Laure Ferlita said...

Julie, can't wait to see this develop! I agree with the others, I think you're off to a great start.