It took almost six months from start to finish, but in truth I could only devote good time to it over the last two, when it quickly took shape, and I'm happy to say the client was delighted with the result :
|'The Magnificent Seven' (not the official title)|
The second stage was a series of pale washes to gage tone and colour form, and for me it lessens the impact of the scary 'white paper'.
The picture stayed in this form for a number of weeks as Christmas and other commitments meant I couldn't get enough quality time to progress, I find these sort of projects need total focus at this stage as I'm not painting generic dogs here, they are all individuals which need to be treated as such, the client knows their pets better than anyone, and the likeness has to be near perfect as I have to try and capture the character from a couple of photographs.
Slowly I began to build up layers in the individual dogs, using ink, coloursoft pencils and more watercolour:
Thankfully she only had a few minor concerns for me to address, which left me only to add their names and a card mount, and it was ready for collection.
|Final image with mount measures 24 x 20 inches|
But now all done I can't wait for the next one, the satisfaction gained from client approval can't be underestimated, and afterwards she kindly send me an email to underline her delight :
"Just wanted to say thank you once again for my fab painting, I absolutely love it."
Very humbling, and very much appreciated.