Friday, April 5, 2013

Dueling White Dogs

For a quick lesson on what a dramatic impact background color or the facial expression of the subject have on a portrait, look no further than two of my latest portraits.  Both are paintings of white dogs -- one a bulldog, the other a mix -- yet these portraits are completely different in mood.

When the subject is looking directly at the camera, as in the first painting, tongue out, on a cheerful red background, the entire portrait suggests joy, happiness, exuberance.

The second portrait has a completely different appeal.  The serious gaze of the subject, soft lighting coming from the side, and a warm, amber background color combine to suggest thoughtfulness and peace.

What's the mood of your favorite dog? What color and pose would best capture his or her personality best? Email me and let's figure it out!

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