I remembered this morning that I had the Anderson Creek Kennels facebook page to use for inspiration and sure enough, there was a sweet pit in today’s pictures. I’ll probably do a bunch of doggy portraits. They’re really perfect for this size.
Calling it finished
Also figured out what to do with the background on this portrait of my brother Joe and his wife Anna. Two of my favorite people in the world. This was a pleasure to complete.
One good thing about doing a series based on the same scene is that the biggest question is already answered, which is, “What am I going to paint?”
With that out of the way, I’m free to do whatever I want with the subject. Today I decided to use a palette based on a print I bought about a year ago. The print is of a beach scene done in bright, cheerful colors, which is what drew me to it, more than the subject matter. I liked the graceful swoops of the artist’s brush work, too, and that’s something that I can do with pastels, especially if I start with a board that I’ve brushed pumice onto, like this one.
It also helps that I just got off the phone with my brother Joe, one of my favorite people in the whole world.
Because I’m Happy, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed Crescent board by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase this painting.