Thursday, March 26, 2009

Woof, Woof, Woof.

A fellow prof. (he teaches psychology) at Sacramento City College commissioned me to paint his two dogs which I did in about 3 hours. I first covered my canvas in a blazing hot blue. When dry, I did a relatively tight contour drawing on it with white pencil. Normally I just start painting in large, rough shapes and then refine but sometimes, and with acrylics, I'll take the somewhat paint by numbers approach. It always seems to work. Enjoy.

20 comments:

Arti said...

what a pair!Fantastic painting, David.I Love your blues.

Barbara M. said...

Hi David,

Wow aren't these great! I love how the blue compliments their rusty, golden fur, and peaks through to give the portrait a vivid, lively quality.

Paint by numbers -- not. I've never found a white pencil that would draw as well as this on a colour.

Ciao,

Barbara

I'm awarding you your second Passion for Painting award. Check it out on my blog.

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you Arti.

David Lobenberg said...

I too love the blues peeking out too. Jennifer McChristian is really good with peeking base color. Check out her blog if you haven't already done so.

Edward Burton said...

Excellent painting, David! Beautifully painted.

milindmulick said...

great job..that was smart painting the surface blue sparkling as underpainting at places.
paint by number works but a bit pain-t-ful for me..woof..

Sheila said...

I followed the bread crumbs from Theresa Rankin's blog. I'm so glad I did. I like how you work with different mediums and you're in Sac! Just love the commission piece!

Deborah Ross said...

Wow, these two really stand out and I'm sure their owner was pleased. What a great idea to use a complementary color for the background.

David Lobenberg said...

Howdy Ed. Thank you. This one for some reason went very qucikly. Nice when that SOMETIMES happens!

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Milind. You do have a way with words!

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks for following the bread crumbs, officer. Yes, I would guess that doing pet paintings and other fun subjects is a nice change of pace! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Let me know if you ever want to be on my workshop email list.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, Deb. Yes, the over-the- top blue I laid down worked in this case. Thanks for dropping by again.

Holly Van Hart said...

David, this painting is so full of life. i love the play of blues and greens against the oranges. beautiful! Holly

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, Holly. The orange is a mixture of yellow ochre and a cool red. It wasn't alizarin but close to it. I'm not in my studio now, so I can't look at my acrylic paint tubes.

Arti said...

David, you are one of the best in the league..its an honour to tag you for the 'passion for painting'award.You may see my blog for details if you want to.
cheers

David Lobenberg said...

Arti, The honor is mine with your tag. Thank you so much!

cathie said...

Those dogs are my grand-dogs. You really captured them. Love the colors, can hardly wait to see in person. What a great gift this is going to be, THANK YOU!!!!!! Cathie Fields

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Cathy. I'm glad I did your grand dogs justice.

Mike said...

Letting those cools peek through the warms is genius, my friend. These portraits vibrate as a result!

David Lobenberg said...

Mike, my friend: Yep, when I got my opaque medium hat on (acrylic) gotta think about utilizing my ground color.