The Challenge Color

Here is my challenge, making sure a light colored dog (specifically champagne) does not go too white especially on dark paper. I didn’t get to work on this nearly as long as I would like today. Still I think I am making progress. Had a meeting with client to determine tear stains (to be excluded). Once they gave me the go ahead, I am starting to feel better, less nervous about this portrait. I will include Grace so you can see how it will look next to her sister (the paper color is varying due to lighting being different I think.)

dog drawing pastel

"Dakota", portrait update ©2012 alecia goodman to presentFinding Grace ©2010 alecia goodman


Finding Grace ©2010 alecia goodman


5 Responses to “The Challenge Color”

  1. 1 BoJo Photo February 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Very beautiful! It is really coming to life. The form is really taking hold.

    In pastel paintings do you have to watch not to build up to much pastel?

    • 2 aleciagoodman February 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you BoJo… Actually yes in pastel paintings you do have to be careful not to do too much or else it will turn into mud. I tend to have to start light build up to the darker areas and then pull myself away from doing to much. I can always keep working but in the end it would be ruined.

      • 3 BoJo Photo February 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

        Thank you! 🙂 My friend had to restore a pastel that was dropped a while back. I wouldn’t want that chore!

      • 4 aleciagoodman February 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        Yikes!!! I hope they took a before and after. I wouldn’t want that either.

      • 5 BoJo Photo February 12, 2012 at 2:16 am

        That is great advice, I touched up a portrait a deceased artist painted and a pre-photo would have helped. It should be professionally done by someone that photographs art for a living. If someone is going to pay a large amount for a portrait it is well worth photographing it just in case. The one I touched up was damaged in a fire.

        Another landscape painted in Europe was a lot of fun as it was impressionist and had a lot of neat textures.

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