These dog’s portraits were fun to paint. Clarice is the Basset and Luka is the Mini Sheepadoodle. I met these two via video and they truly have fun together. These playful pooches invent games that don’t require humans and keep them happy. They are two totally different characters… so why does this painting work?
Connections create eye-movement patterns. Follow the whites. The powerful contrast of black & white attracts you to the upper right corner where Luka is. Notice the invitations put forth. The white on his forehead leads you in from the Phlox to his face. Luka’s collar blends in with his hair on both sides allowing you slide past it to where his white paws lead you to Bernice. Luka’s dark side also connects to Bernice’s darks ear and nose. The “crumpled flower of shame” tells the story. When shapes similar in value interlock (light against light or dark against dark) they move you through the picture plane, making connections. However, nothing speaks louder than their equally guilty expression!
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