Friday, August 26, 2011

Yellow Lab in Color

As you probably know, I love to use unconventional color to make my portraits sing, and I really had a blast with this latest commission of a yellow lab, a 20 x 24 inch acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas.

The "light" in this painting is coming strongly from the side, allowing me to make some beautiful rainbow shadows on the "dark side" of the dog's face. There is also a lot of energy coming from the red shadow against that green background. Who remembers from elementary school that green and red are opposites on the color wheel? That means they are complementary colors, and an artist gets the most tension and contrast when they are next to each other. (Don't mix them together though, unless you want mud.)

If you'd like to see your pet come to life on canvas just like this, it's easy -- and fun! -- to commission a Rainbowdog. Just send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

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