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Wrigley

by Simon Bland / Dec 28, 2013 / Dog Portrait

A portrait of a black lab with blue-gray background

Wrigley. 18"x18", oil on linen. 2013.

A commissioned portrait of Wrigley.  I took the reference photos on a sunny day in her back yard.  She is a very photogenic lady and we had plenty of shots that would have been suitable for a painting.  In the end we chose the one that showed off all her best features, especially the ears, eyes and mouth.

I designed the edges to give the painting extra depth and keep the focus on her head.  In keeping with a lot of the paintings I've done this year, I used a limited palette of ultramarine blue, viridian (which is where most of the blues actually come from), alizarin crimson, bright red, cadmium yellow light and burnt sienna.