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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

TJ and Tilly, new watercolor pet portrait

Last week was a complete blur! With construction going on in our house, school and kids' activities, opening a new gallery and working on commissioned work, I swear I ran around looking like a deer in the headlights. How do some people do all this and still look completely unfazed? I can never quite pull it off.

Anyway, here is my latest pet commission. Meet TJ and Tilly, two well-loved, curious little Dachshunds. This portrait was done long distance, with the client taking the photos. This is not the way I would recommend working, but for this commission it was unavoidable. The client was great about shooting and reshooting, but it's still hard to get just the right shot.


For the painting, I started out using a new set of quinacridone colors, knowing that the bright color can be tempered it down later.





In the end, I went over the background with a Titanium white wash which gives it the painting a nice neutral background that lets the original color peek through.

19 comments:

Melissa and Emmitt said...

Hi Peggi!
It is so nice to meet you! Your work is amazing!
I have signed up for your newsletter. I am so glad you stopped by my blog today.
Have a great day!

Melissa

thorngren said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog.
In my dreams I paint like you. Very nice work. I will bookmark you in my favorites.
Happy painting,
Mary Beth

Linda Blondheim said...

A very beautiful portrait. Thanks for sharing.
Linda Blondheim
http://lindablondheimartnotes.blogspot.com

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

Wow! I love it. And it's so neat to see the process.
Thanks for sharing. :)

Leslie Moore said...

Hi Peggi, Nice to meet you, too! I love your Doxies. So alert! So sweet! Such BIG ears! I'm off on vacation tomorrow, but will enjoy reading your blog and signing up for your newsletter when I return at the end of the month. Thanks for making contact.

Leslie Moore said...

Hi Peggi! Nice to meet you, too. I love your Doxies. So alert! So sweet! Such big ears! I'm off on a two-week vacation, but I'll look forward to catching up on your blog and newsletter when I return. Thanks for making contact.

Donna said...

Hi Peggi,
I love the painting! It reminds me of my Otis and Riley. You do wonderful work!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. I always enjoy meeting new friends.

Hugs,
Donna

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Those little dogs are great!

Manon Doyle said...

Great work Peggi! It's hard to fit everything in with so much going on!

redchair said...

Hi Peggi,
I really like the perspective you chose on the pups. It makes it such a strong work - and very daring. You're undertones are also really nice with just a soft hent coming through. Nice work, girl!
Vikki

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks, everyone for the positive feedback. I appreciate the comments and good thoughts.

Abby Creek Art said...

Wow, beautiful painting, Peggi. What adorable subject matter too!:)

Peggi Habets said...

Linda, Welcome back! I hope the move is progressing well for you.

Karine said...

You are such a talented painter! I often wonder why we feel the need to always be doing SO MUCH, as Americans. I think the true challenge is simply to "be". But then, that's just me. I am a throwback. Don't try to take on too much, kay? It's not good for you.

And please, keep sharing these paintings!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

I am back with news that I have given you an award. The Brillante Weblog Award! As you know I think your work and blog are wonderful so KUDOS to you! Come by my blog to accept your award. Thank you.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

I am back with news that I have given you an award. The Brillante Weblog Award! As you know I think your work and blog are wonderful so KUDOS to you! Come by my blog to accept your award. Thank you.

Marian Fortunati said...

I dropped by and saw with awe how you created these little guys! They are beautiful and I'm sure the client will be thrilled.
I am amazed how watercolorists (which I'm not) manage to get such vibrant and dark colors ... whenever I've tried, it looks washed out.
Beautiful drawing as well!! I was reading Linda Blondheim's blog on drawing and between reading this blog and hers, my belief in the importance of drawing as a foundation has been reinforced!

Peggi Habets said...

Karine, So true, so true. (I mean about not working too hard, not the talented painter part! ;-) Thanks for the kind words and good wishes!

Robin,
You are so full of suprises! I will be stopping by your blog (I do all the time anyways)today. Thanks for the award, such a nice honor.


Marian,
Here's a little trick I learned from a fellow artist Jeannie McGuire (http://www.jeanniemcguire.com/paintings.aspx) to get vibrant watercolors. Get rid of those little pea-sized dried out pellets and fill those wells with paint. The paint will flow better and retain the vibrancy you see right out of the tube.

So true about drawing. That's one of my upcoming posts.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi peggi!
your interview on robin pedrero's blog today is wonderful!
congratulations on your nomination. you are so inspiring!
:) melissa