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!