Thursday, April 7, 2011

Zoe


Zoe is Lee's dog, over at A Day Not Wasted. He got a fantastic shot of his pup and posted it on the website. Well I was one of at least 2 people that asked permission to paint her, so Lee put the photo up as this months challenge. I'm a dog person, can you tell? I just had to paint her!

This painting was so much fun to do, and actually painted itself rather easily. Again, you can see I opted for the "shapes" painting, rather than realism. I can remember working so diligently in the past, to try & get the fur looking like fur - it was such a struggle for me, overly preoccupied with the details. Now I step back, without my glasses on, and look - I see shapes instead of just a zillion lines of fur.

Zoe's true color is white, brilliant white with light silver highlights. I needed to play with a bit of color in the painting though, to give a bit more - something, pizazz? depth? How about color! I did work harder at capturing the eyes, nose & mouth though - tried to make them more authentic in color & detail. That's my style it seems, "shapes with a touch or realism." All in all, a fun painting to do - Thanks Lee!

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas

9 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

You handled Zoe beautifully, Nancie! I have to admit that all that white rather scares me. Seems like I would leave myself open to numerous flaws that would be so much more easily seen! LOL

Karla said...

What a fantastic job Nancie! I love how he melds into the background.

Jean Nelson Paintings and Photography said...

You captured the sweet little face. Very nice work.

Nancy Goldman said...

This is really good Nancie. I love that you painted it in your "shapes" style.

Arti said...

This is a fantastic painting,Nancie.Very pretty!

Jill Treadwell said...

Great job. The white fur is such a challenge but you did it. The splashes of pink and yellow are brilliant.

syls said...

Love Zoe,well done,she certainly looks full of life.
Syls.

Janice said...

wow, you got on that one quick! nice work!

Virginia Floyd said...

What a cutie! Great job!

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