This portrait of Nick was painted in pastel. I had met Nick's family while traveling in Michigan. They had come to my art booth and mentioned they had a dog named Nick that they wanted painted as a gift. The next day they returned with a photograph that was amazing - a small snapshot actually. The lights and darks were a great contrast - his ears were blowing in the wind and Nick had a relaxed facial expression.
I readily agreed to use the photo as reference for the painting. My one and only concern was Nick's open mouth. The last thing I wanted the focal point to be in the painting was a red tongue smack dab in the middle of the painting. To avoid such I subdued the colors of his gums and tongue and emphasized the whites in his face.
The painting came out nicely and the recipients of the gift were more than pleased.
To see more English Setter art or Sporting Dog art - please visit my dog art gallery.
On her website Dawn has cat art, horse art, bird art, still life paintings, landscape paintings, beach paintings and people portraits.