|Sketching basic shapes using only primary colors.|
|Blocking in local color and locating cast shadows.|
|Establishing values darkest to lightest.|
|Ready to add the foreground fence wire.|
Gus at the Gate - 10"x8" oil on Gessobord.
I chose this subject because I liked the way the shadows from the fencing wire cast over the stark-white fur and sienna-colored ears of my dog.
The most intimidating part of finishing this piece was dealing with the foreground fence wires on the gate. Intimidating because I was kind of liking the painting as-is, to this point. The wires have obviously helped legitimize the cast shadows.