will be my next
oil painting. I'm going to depict a man and a
woman on a street corner, stopping to get a cup
of coffee from the local coffee shop. They are
both in the process of taking their dogs for a
walk. The Fisher Price pull toy dog above is the
main dog in the painting.
two more dogs that will appear on the sidewalk
just outside the coffee shop. The rubber squeaky
toy on the left will be gathering around the fire
hydrant with his buddy, "Wiggle-Me",
who is atop his red box.
dog ("Listening to his master's voice")
style salt and pepper shakers will also be
waiting patiently for their master to continue
with their 'dog walk'.
parts store (from an old photo I took 20 years
ago) will serve as the background building with
the corner coffee shop. I used this building for
a coffee shop many, many years ago.
magazine "Our Dogs", along with the
rawhide chew bone and rubber ball will be laying
on the street in the foreground of the painting.
neighbors, Trish and Graham, have just posed as
the 'dog walkers', and were the perfect models.
stretched double primed linen on
50"x50" stretcher bars and have started
painting elements in the background building.
see the linen canvas showing through this thinned
out paint layer, and the movement of the brush
continued to paint the building. This is a detail
of the right side of the building. Notice how the
paint strokes go into the post of the stop sign.
The stop sign and post will be painted over the
edges of these strokes of paint.
section of the building with the door into the
building is completed with its initial wash.
clamped a tray onto the side of the canvas to
hold my squeeze toy prop. I'm also using a photo
that I took outside as reference.
the street light pole along with the dog toy.
'Wiggle-Me' toy, sitting on the edge of my clamp
on tray with the completed facsimile in the
the little guy!
Fisher Price pull toy is now complete. I'll
continue to paint all the other objects, there
not being any options to their colors. I'm
leaving the two figures until last, so that I can
look at the overall color of the painting and
then decide what colors to choose for their
porcelain salt and pepper shakers.
look at the entire canvas so far.
with the asphalt in place.
worked out the magazine details...5 cents!
rawhide chewbone and ball now compliment the
in place. Now for Graham...
Graham! All the elements have been painted. Now I
will study the painting as a whole and make the
final decisions as to color and value.
the painting at the end of the first stage.
Excuse the glare on the upper part of the canvas
from my overhead lighting.
started the final application of paint in the
shadow areas on the building.
entire building is painted.
Here is a
detail looking into the coffee shop window.
Notice the brush strokes that overlap the
mailbox, assuring that the mailbox will overlap
the building behind it.
the clock above the awning. The shadows on the
building will become darker and richer in value
when I apply some varnish on them later.
painted the street, changing the haphazard brush
stroke pattern to indicate the oil/tire pattern
created by the years of traffic.
magazine, chew bone and the ball are finished.
finished detail of the street sign...
the mail box.
hydrant is finished. Its cast shadow will be put
in later when all the objects on the sidewald are
squeeze toy has its final layer of paint.
Me" is freshly painted. I love the goofy
look on this dog's face.
handsome couple are freshly painted.
'other couple' are also completed.
the sidewalk and curb and "Walking The
Dog" is done.