Maggie was a commission piece. She's a rescue lab and has the best home - her forever home! She's a lucky gal. This is also the first all black dog I have ever attempted and it was quite the challenge. How do you paint black without painting black? I would rather mix my blacks from colors than use a black tube of paint - why? Because there is usually more depth to the form with a combination of colors rather than just black. Maggie is a combination of burnt sienna and phthalo blue. I worked with the background for days, I couldn't find a color that worked. It was red, it was green, orange, pink, etc. etc. Every color I tried distracted from the dog. This was the only color that worked for me and I can't tell you what it is.
Also I wanted you to know I've been in chickadee hell - please excuse the expression but there is no other way to describe the last week. I hope to post the chickadees in the next couple of days. I need better photos and I'm not sure if they are ready for prime time.
I have to figure out the click to buy button for my blog - that could be another issue.
This is when you need a 6 year old!