Thursday, 12 January 2017


Head Study of a Pointer, an oil painting

A simple head study for today. This lovely dog painted himself and so quickly I didn't have a chance to take any photos. I used a very simple palette of Transparent Oxide Red and Ultramarine Blue, together with black and white.

With animals that have spots or blotches, it is always a dilemma where to start: paint the white fur and add the spots afterwards or paint the spots and add the white fur round them?
Both approaches work. Both approaches can also fail. The key thing is to work with the spots using a very gentle touch on the brush so that the edges merge seamlessly into the main fur colour without getting mucky.  
Whether this works or whether it results in a "wiper" seems to me to be in the lap of the gods. Today it worked.

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