Friday, February 21, 2014

A Painting Progression: Karen's Kids

Hi, I thought it'd be fun to post the progress of this particular painting:
• 21 x 53 inches
• featuring 5 beloved pets
• wrap-around (the painting to extend around to the sides)

I'll post each new photo as the painting progresses just above the previous. Enjoy!


For the most part, all The Kids are now finished. Just have to work on Jack & Abby's legs, as well as the
entire foreground; The bottom side (underneath) of the painting is not yet done either. (3-9-14)

Sutega's oil portrait is also finished. She is a beautiful Pit & Boxer mix. 

Cute little Tessa is now finished. Tessa is a Blue Healer (Australian Cattle dog). (3-5-14)

Morgan's face is finished; Her body just needs a bit more touching up.
The background & some of the foreground has been made more vivid too. (3-3-14)

Now the kids have a bit more contrast & detail. Next step: to finish each. Morgan will lead the fun. (2-28-14)

These, btw, are the main reference photos to be used for the panting.

The background (area behind the 5 cuties) is finished.... maybe. (2-24-14)

Now we're beginning to get somewhere... This is the second pass, painting in a bit more detail. (2-20-14)

The first lay-in of some color, painted with oil paints thinned out only with paint thinner. (2-17-14)

This is me (bad hair day, btw) penciling in the lines as they are projected onto the primed (w/gesso) canvas. (2-15-14)

Canvas is now stretched and stapled in place. (2-10-14)

Here it is, the bare bones of the painting: the deluxe stretcher bars w/cross braces @ 21" x 53" x 1.5"wide. (2-10-14)


  1. Wow it is ever so extra special to be able to watch instead of trying to imagine (a process that I have no experience in) a painting being born.
    And having first hand experience of the emotional punch received when My painting of a single pet was delivered into my eager hands. I can in fact imagine the overwhelming JOY and choke up of a person receiving a painting of this scale encompassing a pack of Five !!!!!!
    So now I am mega curious if this is an intact all alive pack or if they represent the succession of dogs in their lives ?
    It made me start think about a mural of the dogs that have raised me the whole of my life. What a FUN Visualization !
    Thank you for so much to enjoy via your sharing .
    Your art Rocks !
    Sherri Goldstein

    1. Wow--TY Sherri! I have such fond memories of working w/you & painting your beloveds ...going back to 2007! Salute! ~puci


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