A dear family friend asked me to paint this portrait of her dogs, Ginger Bread and Ally. They are all cuddled up together in the photo I used as a reference-so sweet! The white pup, Ally, is a spunky new rescue. Bread is almost smiling in the photograph, such a happy face. Bonnie & Bob, their owners, lived next door to my Grandma while I was growing up. My brothers, cousins and I spent countless Sundays running around the yard and driveway between the two homes. I remember their dog Katie from my childhood years & I was honored to paint the newest members of the Clark family.
The painting is acrylic on an eight inch square wooden cradleboard. At work I spend a lot of time blending paint, teaching the wet on wet technique. This is quite different from my own studio process. The brushstrokes and patches of color are a subjective preference and also a result of the medium; I don't use retarder with the paint and it dries very quickly. So much of my studio practice is married to printmaking...whether painting, drawing or making a collage, I find myself working in layers, keeping the background shallow and sometimes flattening it completely with continual patterns. I love the wallpaper effect created by the dots and the bizarre sense of space due to the absence of shadows.