Practice Practice Practice
I'm not a musician but I was a dancer growing up
and if there's anything I know about, it's practice.
Painting is no different. Many of my artists friends say you have to put miles on your brush.
So I will be practicing on these subjects for a while until I get comfortable.
That oughtta only take a year or two.
If you've been following my blog recently you know I'm trying to improve my drawing
and learn to paint animals.
I have a lot of animals here on the farm and I want to get better at painting them.
I'm currently working on cats and dogs.
My cats and a dearly departed dog, Bailey.
My husband really misses him cause he was kind of a crazy lovable guy.
Today I watched several segments of an online pet painting class I've been taking,
and then had to pick up my brush.
I don't have a face frontal picture of Bailey,
so I'm using that as my excuse as to why it is so hard.
Also he's a black and white dog,
but you know there's all kinds of colors hiding in the black and white.
Another difficult feat.
This was when I thought I was finished.
But what happens a lot of times, is you take the picture
and then you see the problems.
I kept thinking he looked like a weasel instead of a dog.
Then I saw the problem with the nose.
So I had to make a "slight correction".
You can see I straightened out his nose a little bit. When I did that I had to add a little more black to the middle. I tweaked a little on the neck also.
It's hard to make yourself put your brush away.
So, here is today's version of a "slightly corrected" Bailey.
I can't show you any more of him,
because that part of the painting is horrible,
but I'm fairly happy with this part.
Rest in peace friend Bailey.