A Birthday Painting Request by my Youngest Granddaughter, Mikayla Coyier, challenged my painting ability.
Mikayla has loved dogs all her 22 years and now loves her room-mate, Gus, the most of any animal. She emailed me near her birthday asking if I would PAINT GUS? Well what could a grandmother say? Of course, the technical point here is, I’ve never painted any kind of animal in my 8 years, since I picked up a paint brush.
Mikayla’s mother and my daughter, Marcia Moore, took many photos of the dog in question – giving me some choices, for my canine masterpiece.
I got busy enlarging my email photo of our pooch. I squared off the photograph and followed the intervals while penciling-in the various body parts of the dog. Not having much experience with oil paint, I decided to give it a try anyway as I wanted to see how luxurious the fur could portray. I consulted with my painting mentor, Kathy Decker, and her comment was “just paint what you see on the photograph, like everything else”. Well dauuuuh, okay. So all I can say is that is what I did, stroke after stroke…and I was surprised, GUS really looks like GUS! I did use acrylic paint to do the background as I made the blue color muted and that I knew how to spread around.
GUS, All American Canine , freshly painted off my Easel.
Myself the painter, Shirley Mannocci,my beautiful granddaughter Mikayla Coyier, smiling happily about her doggie painting.