I've been doing the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and its coming down to the last days. There are so many good things to come of doing such a thing, but one thing isn't so hot--it does take the time I need to work on outside paintings.
In this case, since I never claimed to be one to follow rules, and the main idea behind the challenge is to work daily, not so much making some complete work daily, I am taking the next day or ? to work on this collie. So I'm breaking the rules a bit, but eh, its my deal anyhow, and I said at the beginning I wasn't going by any rulebook. And I just gotta paint this collie now!
I don't usually show my works-in-progress because, well, if it bombs, doing so publicly is worse than even doing it alone! But since I'm pretty warmed up, I am willing to chance it! And, all paintings seem to go thru a really ugly, nasty, maybe-it-won't-work stage, not something that is often the best idea to show off!
so here goes.... first I sketched the basic outlines and shapes onto my velour paper.
I put in the darkest areas first, then a few mid tones, and a few highlights; doing this helps me keep on track of my values. I'm stopping here tonight, the left ear done and some of the left side of Sprite's face is about there. I have the base in for the right ear, and allll this hair, long beautiful hair! Is it wrong to be jealous of a dog?