Tuesday, April 28, 2009
German Shorthaired Pointers
This painting was a very exciting piece to complete - and quite a project. Of the six dogs (five german shorthaired pointers and one labrador retriever) three of the dogs were deceased. My client had very limited photos. Some of the photos were perfect and some were not.
The mountain range in the background is called the "Three Sisters" in Montana. The client wanted a cameo of her husband in the tree line hunting. The foreground reference was from a photo I had taken while driving cross country at a fort in Wyoming. Between her photos and mine I had two pheasants, six dogs, one husband and great landscape material.
The composition took some time to plan. Of course I didn't want a mid break in the surface either horizontally or vertically. Ideally I wanted some uniformity in the dogs head positions and certain dogs were to be primary in the painting while others were not.
A larger image of the painting is on my website under the dog art gallery specifically the german shorthaired pointer page.
Have a great day!