Friday

New painting of pugs, Bailey and Muggsy


Bailey and Muggsy, acrylic on canvas

I finished a double portrait of Bailey and Muggsy, two pugs, last week for my step-aerobics friend at the YMCA, Penny. It's a birthday present to her sister in Miami. Working from a black and white photo was a bit of a challenge, but she brought me a couple of color photos to give me some idea of their coloring. I wasn't sure if I had captured everything correctly, but was relieved when both Penny and her sister said they "loved it." To tell you the truth, I kind of fell in love with the rascals myself and grew attached to their distinguished, almost human-like features.

I have a make-up painting class at the Maitland Art Center tonight and Jerry and I also volunteered to put in some time their for their PARTcipation fund-raising event tonight. We've never been to one, but should be interesting to see the art being offered at the silent auction.

4 comments:

marianne said...

great job! funny- i always start my animals from black & white photos to be sure i get the tones right. but then, i don't paint them in "real" colors, either.

Penny said...

Wonderful job. Thanks again, Gayle. The colors are perfect and my sister loves the portrait.

MARY ELIZABETH said...

Like the pugs ... what a nice birthday present!

Gayle said...

Thanks for all the comments. I definitely enjoyed working on Muggsy and Bailey. Your idea, Marianne, of working from B & W photos to get the tones right before adding color fits in with my current grisaille project at Maitland Art Center. I didn't think to convert my reference Van Dyke or Velasquez paintings to B & W before doing the grisaille underpainting, but I'm going to do that on my next project. It should make it easier to differentiate the tones.