Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"Shiloh" - the Final Artwork

Yesterday I finished a commission piece - a pet portrait. Some artists 'vignette' the animal, I like to include background and the interior or exterior space if available. The photo of Shiloh had so much emotion in it. The colors I would be working with in the photo lent itself to a burgundy piece of Canson paper. The undercolor really helped the pastel come alive with the right colors. I took artistic license and made the couch a little greener than it was. Included is a close-up of Shiloh's face. She must have been a real sweetheart! Thanks for letting me paint her, Lisa.

"Shiloh" 8" x 12" image in a 16" x 20" mat, pastel on Canson paper

Close up of detail.

3 comments:

Leann said...

What a beautiful portrait! I don't understand how you know what color paper to start with to get the correct undertones, exceptional!

Susan Carlin said...

Oh, she's going to love getting to look into the beautiful eyes you painted for her. Wonderful, Pattie.

Maggie Mayer said...

Pattie, This is a great dog portrait. The composition is wonderful and colors of the background compliment the dog's fur nicely.