A lady got in touch regarding a portrait of her sister's two dogs as a Christmas gift. Sadly both Chaz and Lucy had passed away, and she was only able to provide a limited number of images of them both. Despite my best efforts, I found obtaining sufficient information from the photographs challenging to meet my usual high standards. Nevertheless, I created a beautiful composition highlighting Chaz and Lucy in a peaceful setting. The outcome is a loving tribute honouring these cherished dogs' memory.
I combined two pictures to create a portrait of the bigger dog named Lucy: one for the body and another for the head. However, this approach has its drawbacks since the accuracy of the final result heavily relies on the quality of the reference images provided. In cases where the photographs are unclear, it becomes challenging to ensure the details are correct. To avoid this, it's crucial to include the customer wherever possible, so that they can provide guidance throughout the process.
An isolation coat was applied to the painting, followed by two varnish coats. Once dry, I then placed the artwork in the Saltergate silver frame. This is a matt black frame with silver inner piping. Many people choose a black frame because it does not detract from the colours in a painting. I framed the picture using acid-free products and attached felt pads to the back to protect the wall from damage. Additionally, the painting has a certificate of authenticity to ensure its legitimacy.