Anna & James

20" x 24" Oil on Linen, Framed

Sometimes a cute animal is difficult in a portrait because if you don't paint it correctly, it tends to steal the show. 

This was a hard portrait to paint until I figured it out. For a long time I just couldn't get past the "cute little dog portrait." The little pooch (James) was getting ALL the attention.

I resolved this by redirecting the dog's gaze off the canvas and removing the catch lights from his eyes. This immediately shifted the focus back to Anna - which was the point of the portrait in the first place.


Ali said...

This blog is so full of little nuggets. Superb :)

My Painting Studio said...

Thank you for your kind words. :o) You made my day.