Wednesday, January 5, 2011

White Dogs Are Tough: Day 3

     We’ll start today by concentrating on our washes.  The next wash will separate my light side from the shadow side.  This is also a preliminary wash that sets an overall tone for the shadow side.  This particular wash was a very weak wash of Cobalt Blue with a touch of Permanent Rose.

Photo 5
Things seem to be progressing nicely and I feel as though I’m generally heading in the right direction.  I’m still moving slowly and making very measured color decisions. 
     I’m having a bit of trouble judging the value range because my darkest darks are only the nose and eye, while most everything else in my subject registers in the Value 7 or 8 range on my scale. 
     To get a better feel of the value range in my painting, I decide to add white gouache to my lit area.  This is the “pop” we discussed earlier, and I think having my lightest lights indicated will make judging my values and colors a bit easier.

Photo 6

Photo 7

     Photo 7 shows all the gouache whites added.  Additionally, I start sculpting some of the descriptive forms in the dog’s body.  This was completed with my usual purple mix of Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson, with a bit of earth tone to soften the hue.
     Tomorrow we begin the background.  See you then! 


  1. I really like the effect of the gouache, Mark.
    Haven't ever used it in any of my paintings, so do you have any basic tips to follow?

  2. I am intrigued by your concentration on value with each step. Value, at times gets lost to detail and color when I paint. Thanks for showing us your process.