30/30 Weeks 6 & 7: Otis and MonkOr is it grey? I never know. Well, anyway, here are two portraits featuring that color: the two most recent portraits in my 30 Dogs series. I'm still behind with the project, but I'm getting caught up. The top portrait is of Otis, a smooth coated Brussels Griffon. He is brother to Maggie the Affenpinscher. I love painting little teeny tiny dogs in a way that makes them look like a huge presence. I painted both Maggie and Otis on wood. The last time I applied oil paint to wood was about five years ago. I love how the paint glides over the wood; I'll have to choose wood over canvas more often.
The bottom portrait is Monk, a Schnauzer mix. Is he cute or what? It has been a while since I did a pastel portrait. I really love the medium! What I always find magical, when working in pastel or colored pencil, is the moment when I carefully remove the masking tape and reveal a crisp line of color against a stark white border. It makes me very happy. I'm an art dork, what can I say?
The next several dogs in my lineup are black, white, and gray, with wrinkles, spots, and shaggy fur. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: The Brussels Griffon painting (top photo) has been framed, and is now for sale right here.