Wednesday, 6 May 2015

These are My Dog's Toys

still life, oil painting, painting of teddy bears, painting of my dog's toys
My dog, who is a 5 year old Sheltidoodle called Bilbo, is 5 years old and he has owned these toys since he was a puppy. His toys are very important to him, and borrowing them for a still life set up caused concern and anxiety. In the end, I photographed the set-up and returned the toys, it made for a quieter life. Here is the palette:
palette for oil painting of teddy bears
In the majority of art instruction books, articles or videos we will be told somewhere early on to Always Lay Out Your Palette in the same way, with the same colours, in the same order. Well, I don't work that way. 
Chiefly because I am normally painting dogs, and don't have a big need for two shades of red, two shades of blue, two shades of yellow etc so I figure - why squeeze out paint I am not going to use? 
If I am painting a subject I have never painted before - like teddy bears - I will do a complete colour chart and experiment with different colours and mixes. 
The reds for the ribbons, by the way, I squeezed out later on a fresh sheet of palette paper when the teddies had tacked up.
So, having chosen the colours and mixes, where to start? I decided to start where I always start with living creatures - the eyes. I also decided to try to paint them as if they were alive. I felt this would make a nicer painting.
step by step to paint teddy bears
I have also painted this study larger for possible entry to a competitive exhibition later in the year.
This version is 12" x 12", linen on board:
still life oil painting of teddy bears
And, for the sake of completeness, here is the owner of the toys. Enquiring of their whereabouts...