|'Koko' - acrylic paint on canvas 24cm x 30cm|
So, remember my pet portrait giveaway to raise funds for the Scottish SPCA? Well, this is the winner’s portrait. This is Koko, a much loved Chocolate Labrador who sadly crossed the rainbow bridge a few years ago.
I had initially planned to do his portrait on the small square box canvas that I often use but the angle of his head in the reference photo didn't really work on a square canvas, so his ears would’ve had to wrap around the sides which I didn’t want to do (or I'd have have to make him really, really tiny which I also didn't want to do.)
As I was deliberating on how best to paint him, I spotted a larger rectangular canvas that I’d painted a starry night sky onto which I had planned to use for a landscape painting, sitting on one of my easels. It gave me an idea….what if I painted Koko with the starry sky behind him? He was looking up in the photo and I thought it could look really sweet, as if he was looking up at the stars.
I used all my favourite vibrant colours, which you can see in the close up photos, and I have to say I really, really enjoyed painting this and now I definitely want to paint one of our Springer Spaniel, Skye, in the same style.
|A painting selfie for size context!|
I'm delighted that Gillian, Koko's person, has told me that she loves the portrait and the starry sky idea - she even came up with the title for this post and loved that it looked like he was looking up to heaven.
In other news the Society of all Artists are attempting to break a world record and I'm taking part, but that's a whole other post which I'll do later in the week! I'll be linking up, as always, with all the other creatives at Paint Party Friday and will look forward to a feast for the eyes then.