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Friday, April 22, 2011

"Sabrina and Csoki"

Just when you think you've mastered a skill, you get presented with new challenges. When presented with the photograph I was going to paint, I knew it was going to be a tough one because there were two firsts for me: I've never painted a dog, and I've never painted a sweater. Both needed to be in detail to pull off this painting. I think they turned out pretty good for two firsts though, don't you think? The funny thing about this commission was that it was originally going to be an 8x10 black and white gift from my photography friend, Christine Simmons, to her client. 8x10 paintings are not fun to paint because you have to paint the tiniest of strokes. So I decided to do the client and me a favor and paint an 11x14. I was all set to paint black and white, but when I received the photo reference from my friend who had taken them, it was in color! So I just shrugged and opted for a color painting. It looks better in color anyway. Sabrina and Csoki were my muses in this piece. Csoki, the dog, is another name for "Chocolate/ hugs" in Hungarian. He looks pretty cute, right? :)



Brent Alvord said...

The dog and the sweater look really good, Laura!!

Keri said...

Wow. Cant believe you can do this Laura. You are gifted with talent all thru your hands! :)

Diane Hazzard said...

Awesome....great job!