Thursday, 16 February 2017

Sleepy head

an oil painting of a sleeping basset hound

Here is an oil painting of a sleeping basset hound pup, completed in one sitting using a large flat, bristle brush.

For no particular reason, I began with the left closed eye (his right) and worked outwards, but completing the left side first because I am right handed. As with my two previous low-key square portraits, I blocked in the black background first using acrylic paint, but this was later re-painted in oils. Here we are after one hour's work on the face:

work-in-progress photo of oil painting

The rest of the painting took about 3 hours. Getting that squidgey little face on the outstretched paw correct was quite tricky, as was the perspective on his paw.

I think he looks like a sweetie, but possibly nearly as tired as me after this busy week. Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for looking at my paintings.