My portrait of my dear dog Daisy is finished now. In addition to portaying her sweet spirit, I had an art goal in mind. A few years ago I took a workshop from Carel Brest van Kempen who is a wonderful artist and a Master member of the Society of Animal Artists. As part of the class,, students were to bring a few examples of their work and one of the pieces I took was a drawing of the head and bust of an older Golden Retriever. I was fairly pleased with the drawing, but Carel observed that it had a flatness to it. So when working on this piece, I kept in mind that I wanted to be sure to portray depth.
I hope I succeeded, mainly in painting the white areas. I used three different whites, keeping the lightest to only a few areas.
Common art wisdom is to avoid using black and to use white very sparingly. So in this piece I have broken at least one of those rules. I actually like using black. But I did use burnt umber and dioxazine purple with it.
My final step was to tone down most of the red background with washes of burnt umber.