I have decided to document this recent sporting dog head study series that I have started. There will be four groups of sporting dogs included. The setters, pointers, retrievers and spaniels, I want to paint every breed/coloration within the group over the next year. Here are the first two in the setter series done in the grisaille method.
A grisaille method is done by first painting the picture in a monochromatic underpainting as you see here. It almost looks like a black and white photograph. It is a method that dates back to the Flemish painters of the Renaissance. After the first layer is dry, I will begin to build up the colors of the painting, creating a highly detailed and resolved image on the canvas.
As the painting progresses I will be posting the progress here on my blog.