More on the Spatter-Dog Theme

June 28, 2011

Above: The second dog in my "sketchy" splatter-dog theme. Here again I was using a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Calligraphy pen and the old gouache out on a palette. I was having fun with quick sketchy lines and splashing paint around; and then literally splashing paint around by flicking my brush all around. Handmade journal using Arches Text Wove/Velin Arches; approx 6 x 8 inches; left edge of spread cropped on scan; no writing on the page.

This is the second dog image in this series following the theme of "sketchy" dogs. (See yesterday's post for the first.)

Spending time with a theme and a particular subject matter is also the perfect way to work out a visual technique, or experiment with a particular medium.

It is also a great way to prepare for an event. I'm already trying to hone my dog sketching skills (I don't have a life model at home any more so I have to go out and find them) in preparation for this year's Paws on Grand.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 7, 2011, from noon to 3 p.m. Join the artists at Wet Paint for this fun event. Bring your pet to Wet Paint and get a free pet portrait. (There will be a donations jar for the non-profit "Pet Project.")

There's always a crowd, so be prepared for a little bit of a wait—but you'll have plenty of people to chat with and new pet friends to meet (typically it's all dogs, but you never know what someone might bring). It's a energetic and happy crowd. Numbers are given out to pet owners and as each artist finishes a portrait a number is called. I hope you'll come and join in the fun—it's rain or shine!

    • Miss T
    • June 28, 2011

    Roz, I really like the direction you’re going with your dog sketches.

  1. Reply

    Thank you Miss T. I love, love, love this one myself. And it was so fun to paint this way. I often splatter so that’s not the thing, but using a large brush in small areas and being oh, so casual about the placement. That’s fun.

    So much has happened since I did these sketches and I’m in a new journal now that doesn’t have Arches Text Wove. I’m worried that it might be a paper specific technique for me, or require a lot of mental application to adjust on other papers. We’ll see. I might have to make some more journals with Arches Text Wove and solve this issue that way!

    I love, love, love working with the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s CALLIGRAPHY pen on this paper!

    Hope your experiments are going well.

    • Karen
    • June 28, 2011

    I think it’s fun you’ve got different techniques for dogs. Now you can match the technique to the dog’s personality Stella would be a splatter dog I think.

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