Learning: Everything feels so rushed and busy. On a day of visiting friends in Mill Valley, I made a point to put my sketch kit in the car and stop at this narrow shoreline trail park, which I have passed so many times. The resulting sketch is rather mediocre but the actual point is taking some time for yourself, even 20 minutes, to breathe in a natural setting. You might consider walking the dog (without talking on the cell phone, just to be with the dog in the moment) or just sitting and looking at the water.
Sweet pet portraits… “Come Home Soon!” and “At the Park”
I did two versions, based on photos. I think the dog was older when shown lying on the floor.
Sheila is a rescued pit bull who found a new home! There were some challenges in this Pet Portrait. The client’s first pic depicted Sheila happy with her new companion, but it was so blurry she appeared to be a white lab and I knew that wasn’t right! I asked the client for more reference, and they sent a photo but warned me it showed Sheila unhappy and stressed, before she found her new family. However, the photo clearly depicted her coloration, including that delightful little mark on top of her forehead. Combining the references, I used the happy pose but lowered Sheila’s head so her markings were visible. Yes, those two photos show the same dog, hard to believe!