Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Painting Nemo and Paint & Partake

This is a study of Nemo, for a commission for a friend. It's a Labradoodle, and I'm working from a photograph so I thought I would paint a small version first (8x8) and make sure the coloring is true to Nemo....This isn't the photo I will be using for the final, but I thought the way he cocked his head was cute.....I'm glad I did this first, because the compostion is not great, and it needs more contrast. Suggestions? Lighter background perhaps?

Tonight I'm attending an event called Paint and Partake, at the Red Tornado Gallery in Findlay, Ohio, where we will try 4 wines AND paint a masterpiece in 3 short hours, all for the low price of $30. I love events like this that are low in commitment and price, but high in fun!


  1. This is beautiful Kristen! I like the fact that you are painting a small practice painting before the final. I love how you handled the hair.

  2. Nemo is adorable! Wonderful brushstrokes . . . you're off to a great start.

  3. Thanks Brad and Linda! Nemo's owner likes it as well so I have the "go-ahead" for the final version....When I was in college I always worried that the instructor wouldn't like my work, so I always did 2, just in case. (I'm sure a psychologist would have a field day with this!) But commissions make me stressed, and I feel like if I offer a choice, they might like at least one of them!