Sydney - Golden Retriever Portrait

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"Sydney" - Golden Retriever, 4" x 4"

This is my 4th painting on the Art Board surface (Cold Press Watercolor Panel) and I really like what I can do with it. I wrote more about the surface and my technique in this post and you can see the three previous paintings.

Sydney always seems to have an issue with "crazy ear" - the hair on top of her left ear is out of control, so I tamed that down a bit for the portrait.

I've painted Sydney before, in a portrait with her "brother", Sammy the Yorkie:

"Sydney & Sammy" - 8.5" x 5.5"

Another portrait of Sammy is in the works, also on the Art Board surface.

As I worked on this mini 4" x 4" portrait of Sydney, I scanned it at three stages so I could make a WIP (work in progress) video.

As I mentioned in the previous post about the ArtBoards, these are now an option for commissioned pet portaits. This "art board style" is a hybrid between my looser "Paintings with Petzazz" watercolor on Yupo pieces (like the one above of Sydney & Sammy) and the far more detailed ink on scratchboard, mixed media on Claybord or pencil portraits. As you can see in Sydney's portrait, I like to tweak the color palette a bit to make a more vibrant portrait than the pet's actual coloring. Visit this page of my web site to find out more about all the options available for a custom portrait of your favorite critter. For merchandise featuring Sydney, visit my CafePress and Zazzle shops.


Kathleen January 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

Fun! I like his crazy ear *winks* Neat technique - I checked out your other post, too. Makes me want to try those boards.

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