Painting curly haired dogs are always a bit of a challenge because you have to look for shapes and colours, this is because that's how we see hair, fur, faces - most subjects really. Our eyes don't actually see lines in hair and fur so painting every single hair isn't an approach I use.
Clemi had quite a bit of brown fur and white on her front and on her face. She was sitting in a car so I put the background in to hint at that and was quite pleased with the way it worked out. I always see a lot of colours in any fur - there are always reflected colours so brown fur will never just be brown, if you do that it will look flat and unrealistic.
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The client commissioned the portrait of Clemi as a gift to her owner who was delighted to receive it - which is always nice to hear!
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