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Irish Setter Progress Report

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The first seven images are taken with my iPhone in the studio. The last image is taken with different camera and lighting. The painting still isn't done but it is starting to come to life. If you would like to know when this painting  and the prints will be available, please click,"Sign Up For News of Your Breed & Other Art"  or in the lower right side of this web page.

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Subtle Changes

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   Here are a few photographs of the progress of my Gordon Setter painting. Painting is similar to life, because we all have goals that we are moving towards. During the activity, there are conundrums that creep up that we didn’t count on. In the middle of the process, we may notice the negative conditions happening more than the positive advances. We attend to the troubled areas and spend our time reacting to them. We might even think all is lost and question the point of our original goal. Painting is this way for me. In the beginning, I am...

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Irish Setter is getting it's glaze on.

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   While I wait for the glazes to dry on the Gordon Setter, I get to start glazing the Irish Setter. Here are a few progression shots. Once I get about four hours into a painting, the excitement that I feel for the work begins to turn to frustration as problems appear. I know from experience that this is a natural process and if I just stay with it, work through the difficulties, then I will have a painting that hits the mark I was aiming for. There is a look in a dog that expresses love and devotion. I...

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The First Layers of the Gordon Setter

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Today I woke excited as can be to begin the first layers of color on the Gordon Setter. You see I have been making color charts for a few years now. I just finished a batch that is all transparent colors. It took me about sixty hours to complete but the effort will pay off over a lifetime of painting. There are fourteen color charts in the box. The colors are glazed over the grisaille much like stain glass is placed over a window. The light travels through the transparent paint and the painting has a life like quality that...

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Follow Along, The Sporting Dog Series.

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Follow Along, The Sporting Dog Series.

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....

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