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Portrait of Oban

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Oban. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2016. Here's a portrait that I'm putting the finishing touches to. This was done from the customer's own photographs. As you probably can tell, black dogs are really challenging to paint. I like to compare it to playing the piano with just your left hand: it's diffic...

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A Valentine's Day Gift

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Hannah and Nikko. 24x30, oil on linen. 2008/9   These are our (now deceased) dogs Hannah and Nikko. I painted this as a Valentine's Day gift for my wife in either 2008 or 2009. It was done in a rush, going from start to finish in just two days, whereas I would typically work on something like t...

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Molly Part 3: The Final Layers

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Molly. 14x11, oil on linen panel. 2015 This is the painting of Molly nearly finished.  I've taken a break from it for a day or so to rest my eyes and I'll put some finishing touches on it when this layer is dry, although I don't think it needs much.  With a nearly full monochromatic block-...

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Molly Part 2: The Block In

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Molly Block In. 14x11, oil on linen. 2015 This morning I did the block-in for the portrait of Molly. I used a mixture of terra rosa and raw umber applied thinly on an un-toned panel.  I will let this dry and then tone the panel before starting the final layers of the painting. I don't usua...

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Molly Part 1: Starting With a Low Quality Photograph

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Value Design for Molly. Charcoal on a 1/2 sheet of Canson. Artists who take commissions often get asked to work from photos that are a little off and I've seen more than my fair share of cellphone pics taken at night, or prints taken from 50 yards away with a disposable film camera. I'm usually relu...

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