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Massey

I was fortunate to receive a request for a commission before Christmas. The lovely Kathleen asked if I could paint a portrait of her boyfriend’s dog Massey.

Absolutely!

She sent me photos of man’s best friend and I began. The blue adds to the depth in the color of her coat.

Blue Massey
Blue Massey
Those red eyes are scaring me Massey.
Those red eyes are scaring me Massey.
Much better.
Much better.
Hmmm, a dog and a car?
Hmmm, a dog and a car?

The eyes on a portrait, whether a pet or person are key to the success of the piece. The car and boat in the background are favorite things for Massey’s owner.

Beef up the colors and add a name.
Beef up the colors and add a name.

Putting her name on the canvas anchors the image and makes it more personal, no mistaking this is Massey if her name is there.

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I added some complementary colors around the subject to add some pizzazz to the background.

Chewy Spree.
Chewy Spree.

Massey had a nice drive in the car while being fed some Chewy Spree so I thought, why not? They are part of her story and they add some movement and color to the painting. The car and canoe are also getting more attention as I model their shapes with shadow.

Good dog Massey.
Good dog Massey.

The car is now in a picture frame portraying a photo of a favorite vehicle and handy dandy canoe, adventure around the corner with that.

Kathleen, Hank and Beth with painting of Massey.
Kathleen, Hank and Beth with painting of Massey.

The delightful couple with the Christmas gift in hand. Watching Hank realize this was his dog and his present was a wonderful gift to me.

Thank you Kathleen!

 

 

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London watercolor

Cityscapes

Several months ago while sitting in a hotel in Austin, Texas I began to draw some little fantasy cityscapes. Odd shaped buildings, bright colors and people with pointed hats.

Big Town, watercolor and ink, 6" x 8", copyright ECR 2014
Big Town, watercolor and ink, 6″ x 8″, copyright ECR 2014

I really enjoyed adding watercolor to the little pencil drawings and outlining everything in ink.

watercolor and ink, 6" x 8". copyright ECR 2014
watercolor and ink, 6″ x 8″. copyright ECR 2014

Then I was asked to create a Calgary cityscape for a party in Canada. The bright colors seemed a little too bright for an actual city.

Calgary, watercolor and ink, 8" x 10", copyright ECR 2014
Calgary, watercolor and ink, 8″ x 10″, copyright ECR 2014

I was asked to do a cityscape of London. What a treat that was. This was for a lovely young woman who has become a friend of our family. In researching the appearance of the city I was surprised at what I found. In the early seventies we lived in London for two summers. This was not the same place I remembered, beautiful, but a real departure from my memories.

London watercolor and ink, 8" x 10", copyright 2014 ECR
London
watercolor and ink, 8″ x 10″, copyright 2014 ECR

Sadly the events in Paris last week prompted me to create a piece with that city as the focus.

Paris watercolor and ink, 8" x 10", copyright 2015 ECR
Paris
watercolor and ink, 8″ x 10″, copyright 2015 ECR

I will hope that future cities are depicted for joy and gifts of love and not as tributes to a tragic event.

One of my goals for this year is 12 commissions. If you are interested in a cityscape of your own or for a gift please drop me an email and I will let you know the particulars. beth@bethroomel.com.