Saturday, June 21, 2008


This is Kiki, a dog with more character in her big toe than most have in their whole bodies. (Do dogs have big toes?)

Whenever I use blue for underpainting it photographs weird like this: a shocking electric blue instead of the subtle hue it really is. Don't know why that happens.

UPDATE: Here's what Kiki looks like actually anchored in space. I did a light glaze using raw umber to add the shadow, then had to wipe some of it away as I'd overdone it. Since Kiki is owned by a woman in her eighties (and after reading Ellen's comment) I thought a slight leaning towards realism might be the way to go.

PS Speaking of dog's toes, there's more on the discovered feet here.


Blogger Ellen said...

Turned out great! Looks a bit like an Alex Colville dog (very real, but no casting shadows, kind of other worldly real) very cool.

21/6/08 7:55 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

The light was kind of weird and flat, and I went back and simplified the background because I wasn't happy with it, but maybe you're right -- I should at least darken the tiles she's standing on to plant her in space...

21/6/08 8:23 a.m.  
Blogger Angela Wales Rockett said...

This looks great! You do have a way with animals. I love how your paintings look very true to the animal, and just as full of life, not stiff and scary like so many pet portraits out there.

21/6/08 8:55 a.m.  
Blogger Melody said...

Andrea........this is absolutely amazing. Just beautiful....

21/6/08 9:42 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Angela And Melody: Thank you~!

21/6/08 1:09 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I should think Kiki's lady will be very happy with this.
And thanks for that Globe link re. feet. I was talking to a friend about it a while back and we both said that the feet had surfaced after having been fishy hors d'ouevres.

21/6/08 2:16 p.m.  
Blogger Janets Planet said...

Dog looks great.

I read about the sixth foot somewhere being a hoax. This guy's explanation is a hoot. So the shoe is the only thing a person would wear that would float. What if they were boaters wearing life preservers? I bet it is someone with access to cadavers. If it was only one foot, I would go with the fish food theory. Too many for that. Usually the simplest answer is the correct one.

21/6/08 3:33 p.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

Pretty sick hoax, if you ask me. The things people do - really.

Kiki looks great. Is she a close acquaintance?

21/6/08 3:44 p.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

I hope you didn't take my comment as a criticism because you know I LOVE Alex Colville's work. I agree with Angela, you've done a pet portrait that captures so much spirit.

21/6/08 7:32 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Dinah: I wonder if we'll ever know why this is happening?

Jan: Wow -- you just reminded me of something that happened in the first season of Six Feet Under when Claire put a foot in someone's locker. I bet you're right about the cadaver theory!

Alda: Kiki is my friend's mother's dog and a pooch I have met on numerous occasions.

Ellen: Nooo! I appreciated your comment because I love Alex Colville, too, but it planted a seed that got me thinking about who would like that sort of effect, and I realized that it wasn't Sonya's mother!

22/6/08 6:40 a.m.  
Blogger Romeo Morningwood said...

Is Kiki a Smooth Fox Terrier? I love the pose because she looks like she is ready for something to happen.

I love that blue because it is my favorite colour in the evidenced by my cheap Dollorama Sunglasses HA!

Terriers are full of pizzazz aren't they, real of the few breeds that look as if they are always 'thinking' about something..
which is nice considering that they were bred to 'terminate with EXTREME prejudice' anything and everything that scurried into their line of vision.

23/6/08 6:24 a.m.  
Blogger San said...

You do have a way with underpainting, Andrea. Kiki is magnificent! Anchored in space. Or anchoring space.

23/6/08 9:46 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Donn: Yes, the Kikster is a Smooth Fox Terrier. She's a total clown, with that killer terrier instinct in full play 24/7.

San: Thank you! Kiki is so busy that having her anchored at all is an achievement.

23/6/08 9:57 a.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Your Kiki painting looks awesome - I sort of like the electric blue!

My new shepherd has big toes. He steps on my feet all the time.

24/6/08 8:22 a.m.  

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