Wednesday, 8 May 2013

On Canvas

Old Eyes
Watercolour on Canvas


I have had a very distracting few days that have kept me from my painting anywhere as much as I love. I have however finished a birthday gift for my son (it is a surprise but as he doesn't read my blog it is safe to share). This is Kleo his 13 year old German shepherd who I know will not be around for much longer and I wanted him to have a memento. I tried to capture her "old eyes" and hope he will be pleased with this. I have painted this on a Fredrix watercolour 16" x 20" canvas and have added some coats of varnish. I have only tried painting on this surface a couple of times and it does take a bit of patience as adding layers easily disturbs the underneath. The appeal of course is it does not have to be framed.

16 comments:

  1. Must be strange painting on canvas. This is a lovely painting for your son. And those oh those soulful eyes, you have captured him well.

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    1. Polly I have had a few of these canvas since last year but I gave up as I found them too tricky, this time round they seemed easier, think my skills weren't up to it before

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  2. Beautiful, sweet eyes, Lorraine! And what a perfect, thoughtful gift.

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    1. I know I have the eyes captured well but did struggle overall getting the exact likeness so hope her old eyes will make him happy

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  3. Lovely gift for your son Lorraine, my son has the horse's eye and would like the Boxing hares but I am trying to sell that!!

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    1. Tricky giving paintings as gifts but if it is something personal like this I think it is OK, otherwise best to let the kids ask for something. Perhaps if don't sell your hares he could have them

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  4. Such a sweet face, and a kind soul. What a great gift to your son, to cherish forever.

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  5. Thanks Terry, I hope he likes it, his wife knows its coming because she took a few photos for me

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  6. I´m sure he will love the gift. Such a sweet dog and lovely memory to have.

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  7. Nicely done Lorraine. The eyes are brilliant! What a thoughtful gift. Your son will be most pleased. Thank you for stopping by my blog the other day. I appreciate your feedback.

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    1. Hope you are right Ross, the eyes were my focus as these really showed the dogs old age

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  8. What a sweet thought Lorraine, I am sure your son will be very happy . You did some amazing eyes ...kind of melancolic .

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    1. Glad the eyes portray this as it was just what I was after, thanks Jane

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  9. Dear Lorraine - what a great gift...as you know German Shepherds hold a special place in my heart. Sadly they do not live near long enough. Her eyes really touch me. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Am giving this to my son today so hope his reaction is good, thanks Debbie

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