This was John's Black Labrador Pip, who passed away in 2015 age 15. Here is was swimming in a local lake near Woodhorn in Northumberland. The photograph was taken on a sunny evening in July (2013) and is being completed as part of a quad of Acrylic portraits of our doggies swimming. You can see our CASPER, HAZE (his son) and STORM too which are the other portraits which will all be hung together.
MEDIUM: Acrylics on board
CREATING THE PORTRAIT:
This image appears quite simplistic in the reference photo next to the other paintings I am undertaking of our dogs, and so I have decided to add extra detail using a second photo. As always I begin with rough base layers, which makes the portrait look rather untidy initially whilst the details are laid down.