Tuesday 25 December 2012
I was asked to paint a family pet, a Cocker spaniel. Slightly reluctant to produce a standard "pet portrait", I suggested placing the animal in the landscape. This seemed to go down well, so I went for a walk with the owner and her dog.
Blurred, hasty shots of a moving dog aside, the trickiest aspect of this approach turned out to be scale. The
downs were just Too Big (and in the wrong place - or perhaps it was just that our path didn't provide any suitable foregrounding opportunities), but the trees - still hanging on to their autumn leaves - provided a colourful alternative.
Oil on box canvas, 50 x 50 cm
18 November 2012