Step by Step, Building a Poodle

Last weekend I was in Florida visiting with friends and family. Two of my most trusted voices said they enjoyed when I posted the step by step building of a painting.

So here are the steps to the completion of a portrait I did for a wedding gift.

Underpainting
Under painting

I sketched with blue pastel pencil. Then a more detailed drawing is done with blue acrylic paint on a canvas painted red. The white paint in the corner begins to tone down the red.

More detail in acrylic paint.
More detail in acrylic paint.

I have painted shadows on the poodle with different shades of blue. The background has its first layer of paint over the red.

Final.
Final.

Eyes, collar and gold background are complete. My signature is the last detail. Seeing this painting in the young couple’s dining room last fall was like a big hug.