|Spot the Difference|
Watercolour 38cm x 57cm
Yesterday the mail included a request for a donation to the Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and the latest seems to be to send you cards, address labels and notepaper enticing you to be inspired to donate. I was so taken with the gorgeous images of the Labrador puppies that I recalled my intention of creating a painting of Dalmatian puppies. This idea goes back to last year after I was commissioned to paint Karma a beautiful Dalmatian. Another acquaintance has one too and they certainly have personality.
I needed some puppy shape reference as mine are only adults so I googled and used a variety to make individual drawings and then arrange them in a composition that pleased me. I used my imagination to paint the spots and marks as no two Dalmatians are alike and any random marks could be done making each puppy unique. The composition and drawing process took some time and it was a while before I got to painting the dogs. I was memorised with my mark making and pigment flows in the background that the excitement of this painting became as much about the busy wallpaper background as well as the puppies.
I used a bright white Saunders Waterford 425gsm paper as I thought this would help with the the dogs white fur. By the time you add spots, shading etc I think I could have used natural white and it would have worked too.