"Thoughts on Painting"

Two Papillons on the Porch

Last evening, I finished up this painting of two sweet Papillons,  Romeo and Miles. I especially enjoyed painting these guys mostly because of the strong natural light and shadow in the reference photo. I love the way the light and shadow create form and make the figures pop. I also love the geometry that the cushions - and the shadows on the cushions - create. But of course, painting fluffy puppies with crazy fur and happy faces is always just great fun.

This painting is one of two commissions donated this year to benefit the great work that the folks at Celebration for Life are doing to help combat cancer. Thank you, C4Life! 

Two Papillons on the Porch
16 x 20" 
Oil on Canvas

First painting session in progress

Initial sketch, tinted gesso and charcoal

Initial sketch, tinted gesso and charcoal

Original reference photo

Original reference photo

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