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.
She sent me photos of man’s best friend and I began. The blue adds to the depth in the color of her coat.
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.
Putting her name on the canvas anchors the image and makes it more personal, no mistaking this is Massey if her name is there.
I added some complementary colors around the subject to add some pizzazz to the background.
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.
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.
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.
On a beautiful day like the one that is unfolding outside I think of the fall foliage that has appeared in my paintings over the years.
Here in the commissioned Admired Woman the orange leaves are against the blue sky. This is the use of complementary colors. Setting orange against blue makes them each appear brighter. If you look at my paintings you will see I use this technique quite a bit. I love the brightness of color.
In the portrait of Scratch I used the fall leaves as a way to frame her. The sun was shining on her as she sat in front of the glass door.
To finish the lesson on complementary colors I would like to point out the pop that occurs when red and green are next to each other.
Yellow and violet finish the brief lesson when we talk about primary colors and their complements.
The primaries are red, yellow and blue. Colors cannot be mixed to create them.
And now you know all about their complements, as opposed to compliments like,”Wow Beth I learned a lot from your wonderful blog.”