1/30/11

ATTITUDE

It's been a LONG month with absolutely no painting at all, but tomorrow looks promising for picking up my brushes finally. I can't remember ever having such a long stretch of no paint time...
This is one of the last paintings I did during the holidays as a demo for a class, to show how to paint looser with watercolor. He should have been posted over the holidays, but here he is now.

It's lots of fun to paint animals, especially ones with an attitude. You can just imagine what he's thinking.

After spending about ten minutes free handing the drawing, I painted quickly, using lots of juicy colors, allowing them to mix on the paper as much as possible. Accuracy wasn't my concern. Rather, I hoped to capture the sense of boredom and disdain shown by this beautiful Great Dane.

Although he looks black, no black was used. By mixing the darker colors from my palette, I was able to make some luscious blacks. His name is Jade.

"JADE" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Arches 12 x 17" COLLECTED

11 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Jade is beautifully painted, Sandy! And yes, you did capture his expression perfectly:-)
I do hope that you will have a chance to pick up the brushes tomorrow...It is always such a treat for me to see your fascinating work.

A Brush with Color said...

Fabulous! This is beautiful. I'd have loved to have watched you do this.

Studio at the Farm said...

I love the painting. Jade obviously does have "attitude". and you've captured it! Wish you were closer, so I could get in some help "loosening up"!!!

Billie Crain said...

Bravo, Sandy! I adore animals with attitude and this fella has plenty.:)

Cynthia Schelzig said...

ooo marvelous!! What a beauty...have fun painting,,,,

Ann Buckner said...

Wonderful, Sandy. Happy to hear you will be back to painting.

Lydie said...

You did, yes. Welcome back brush. Very detached from the world this dog.

Ross Lynem said...

Ooh! I love loose watercolors. This is a great example. Love the hat! Very nicely done...

meera said...

such beautifully luscious blacks! I know how it is to go without painting for a long stretchess - I am on one now -- traveling and visiting family usually leaves no time for painting - only a sketch here and there ! Wish you back to your brushes soon -- love seeing what you come up with :)

VP Miller said...

Love this painting of Jade! I just learned how to mix my own blacks and painted my very own dog.. not quite as lushly loose as yours though.. :-) Really love how you handled the brush. Thanks for posting! -Victoria

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Glad to see you back at work with this lovely Great Dane with attitude! Simply have to thank you for the post on combining three Venice photos. Wonderful result. Your light is stunning.