Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Start of a new portrait

It’s turning out to be a busy week for me away from the drawing board so I’m not getting to spend as much time as I would like, or should I say need to on my next commission. It didn’t help that I struggled for some reason to get going with this portrait and spent a lot of time going back over areas I was unhappy with. I’m never completely happy with the very early stages of a portrait anyway as it goes through the ‘ugly’ stage - I often have to remind myself that it will improve and turn out the way I want. With this one I felt I needed a lot of reminding.

Thankfully, it’s passed this stage now and I feel a lot happier with how it’s progressing – at least I’m not continually going back over areas now:)

Here are the first stages of Gypsy, a gorgeous Golden Retriever. She is the first in what will eventually be a double portrait.

Gypsy
A Work in Progress
Copyright Laura Hardie 2009

10 comments:

Paola said...

Laura, I think that will be another great work! I like it!!
Ciao!!

Jennifer Rose said...

she looks great :D you have done another wonderful job with the fur! I really do like hos soft you can make the fur look on your portraits, very life like :)

Jesús Belly 3114 said...

Mamma mia, eres un genio!!! me encanta...
Marvelous, increible, precioso, BIG BIG BIG you are.

Felicidades.

"JeanneG" said...

I love this one. I am partial to Goldens. We still miss our KC. I really like the colors you are using for this one. Do you mind saying what colors you used? Thanks.

Teresa Mallen said...

Such gorgeous expressive eyes and I love her nose. Definitely not in the ugly stage. :-)

Judy said...

Oh Laura it shows just how much you love and understand dogs.
Makes me want to reach out and hug that gorgeous retriever!

Laura said...

Thank you everyone for the great comments:)

Jeanne, I have had a few people ask me this question so thought I would list the colours in my next blog post if this is alright - all will be revealed:)

Jesús Belly 3114 said...

Tenemos sorteo en mi blog!!! avisa a los amigos!!!

Diane said...

Hi Laura,

I found your site last night and stayed up until 2 am admiring your work and reading your older blogs. All I can say is WOW you are awesome. I love your work and this current piece is breath taking.

Laura said...

Hi Diane and welcome to my blog:-D

Thank you for your kind words about my work and apologise for keeping you up until 2am - I'm actually really chuffed you found my blog worth it:) Hope you will pop in again