Meet Guy, happy in his pool. I like portraits where the subjects are happy, even if that makes the portrait a little unconventional.
Guy’s portrait was commissioned by members of Hurry Home Hounds greyhound rescue as a wedding gift for a member. Well, yeah, maybe the dog in the pool isn’t elegant, but the sun, the grass, the blue pool, the relaxed Guy made me happy to look at them, and weddings are also about happiness. When I looked at the photos of Guy to visualize a portrait, this one caught me right away, made me smile, and I knew it was likely a good one for them too.
We didn’t need the hose and the leash though, so I did a composite where I took those out. I also looked at other photos of Guy taken outdoors and the average blue pool and realized it was all darkened a bit the camera’s compensation for bright sunlight, so I lightened the composite a bit.
I always joke with dog owners and call their brindles “tortoiseshell dogs” because they often called my tortoiseshell cats “brindle cats”. In either case they both have lots of speckles and spots. I can get lost in the almost random spotting, following it across the animal, and it was very fun to track across Guy’s face and shoulders. I use pastel pencils for portraits where the subject has a lot of spotting or stripes or other patterns, and it’s pretty time-consuming but worth every stroke.
I also enjoyed painting the water in this portrait. The water is shallow and there isn’t much reflection, but just enough to make it exciting. The little bit of “edge” along his chest and the slight back-reflection from the surface is so subtle but just enough to show the change.
Even the pool itself and the grass were fun. Objects like the pool, which are so familiar, make a portrait interesting because they are familiar where they subject may not be—only a relatively few people know Guy, but everyone recognizes a kiddie pool. You might not believe someone would look at a pool and study the colors and shapes and highlights and shadows just as you might Guy or the trees or anything else that seems like a more exciting painting subject. But the pool was one of the things I looked forward to.
And the grass too—I didn’t want it to look too detailed and heavy, or call attention to itself. It’s more like an abstract pattern, and that leaves Guy and his pool to be the stars of the portrait.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!