Dottie's parents had some amazing reference material for photos. But, I'd never seen an IG race so I met up with them and was able to watch their dogs run in person. I took more reference photos and had a blast. Those little guys ran like rockets!!! I'd taken one of my Irish Setters with me, Bling, and someone asked me if she was racing. We all had a good laugh over that one.
For the painting, they chose to have me paint a head shot of Dottie when she was younger. She had a beautiful collar on but it obscured my view of her markings. So, they took a photo of her in without the collar. Great help!! On Dottie's neck, the colors were subdued to ensure the viewer would be drawn to Dottie's face and to also make it more of a subtle area on which the racing part of the painting would be layered.
For racing part of the painting, the lights and darks were vibrantly emphasized so it would appear Dottie was running right off the painting at you. It was important that the racing image on the painting not blend into the portrait part of the painting.
Hope you enjoy the painting of Dottie as much as I did painting it!!