Esther reached out to me to commission a painting of her beloved Springer Spaniel, Buddy, as a Christmas present for her husband, Steve. She carefully chose the perfect photo of Buddy from her collection, and I created several mock-ups for her to choose from. I understand that selecting the right image can take some time. However, ultimately, it's crucial that the customer is happy with their choice. The size was ideal for a full body portrait, any smaller and it just would not have the same impact.
The initial stages can often look chaotic and untidy when creating an acrylic painting. This is because acrylics have a quicker drying time than oils, which can result in a less smooth and blended appearance. Despite this, acrylics are the ideal medium for my portrait work, as I enjoy adding intricate details to my pieces. When working on this painting of Buddy, I took great care to meticulously add each blade of grass and strand of hair, layering them up to create a rich and textured surface. My ultimate aim was to accurately and faithfully represent Buddy, capturing his unique personality and character in the painted form.
To create Buddy's image, I had to combine two high-quality photos of him. The proportions were off due to one of the photos being taken too close, resulting in his head appearing too large for his body. I carefully adjusted the proportions to ensure accuracy and used a third photo to create the background. Esther chose to have her painting framed locally and sent me a photo of the finished product.
" I'm sitting looking at Buddy in pride of place on the wall, photo attached! It is absolutely lovely and it had the desired effect on Steve when he unwrapped - there were tears!!
Everyone that has seen it has said how amazing it is with the amount of fine detail and so Buddy.
Thank you once again, it is lovely to have a painting of Buddy forever. "