Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Rocky" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas - SOLD

"Rocky" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas

I recently painted this Westie named "Rocky".  I've never met Rocky but was given a number of reference photos to work from.  Things got a bit tricky as I was asked to place Rocky in this outdoor setting but use this particular pose which was from an indoor shot.  Before I began, I used Photoshop to combine the two reference photos and basically cut Rocky out of the indoor photo and inserted him into this outdoor setting.  Combining references isn't too difficult as long as you pay attention to the light and shadows and make everything look consistent.

I love to paint animals so if you are interested in commissioning a pet portrait, click here for more information.

For those who live in the Westford, MA area, Art on Main is having our monthly "Wine and Nibbles" open house on Thursday, August 2 from 5 - 8 p.m.  I will be giving an oil painting demo from 5 - 6:30pm so stop by and say hello.


Kathy Cousart said...

Rocky is adorable and so well done! Great job on combining reference material iand keeping that consistency with light and shadow! His face is so sweet!

mary maxam said...

Completely irresistible! Great job in the reflected blue shadows and brushwork.