|"Olivia" - 8 x 8 inches - oil on canvas|
Beau and Olivia's claim to fame is that they were selected to be the Grand Marshalls at the 2015 Tri-State Bassett Hound Rescue BoardWaddle Parade in Ocean City, NJ.
Olivia recently passed away so this portrait will be a loving reminder of her sweet face.
Commissions can be challenging especially with mediocre photos. I much prefer to take my own so that I can control the lighting and position of my subject. Below is the reference photo that I was given.
This photo presented a couple problems for me. Most importantly, her eyes are very dark and I can't see much detail at all. Fortunately, there were other photos so I used those to determine how to paint her eyes. The second major issue was beneath her chin. I think she has folds of skin that hang down in front of her neck so that only a piece of her collar and tags showed. Considering I just couldn't figure out exactly what was happening, I turned her bandanna around so that the knot was across her back and the bandanna covered the area below her neck. I kept the color subtle so that it isn't something you really notice unless you study the painting.