Oil on canvas, 12x12
I really love this one! Jake has such an expressive face, with big soft eyes and a direct glance that melts my heart a little bit.
I paint a lot of black dogs - also white dogs - and they generally end up blue and purple, like Jake. It's a way to get the depth, and the shine, the curves and the light and the shadows - and still stay away from black, which deadens and kills a painting, at least in my opinion.
THIS WEEKEND, it's Arts in the Park in Richmond, VA. I've heard this is a fun show, sprawling and busy, with hundreds of artists and jewelers and basketmakers and woodworkers, and pretty much anything and anyone else you can think of! I've never done it before, so we shall see.
I'm in Booth No. 90, in what's referred to as "the dust bowl." Hmm. Hearing that I was in that space, one friend who knows my ways cautioned me not to bring any wet paintings.
The show is Saturday and Sunday, 11-6 and 11-5 respectively. For more info, click here.
Dog of the Day
Actually, there are two dogs in the cart... one on the seat, and one on the floor.
They're both wet, gray-faced and pretty darn happy-looking.
A final thought
"Creativity takes courage."
- Henri Matisse