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JACK

You may know the Fab Four as John, Paul, George and Ringo.  Well, not where I live, we had Harry, Jack, Blue and Elsa.  They were well known in these parts.  Three Lurchers and a Collie cross.  On any given day we could be seen crossing the meadow, woods and park with the Fab Four or, should I say, the Fast Four. They would run and run and run, in big loops before coming back for treats.  My friends and I had to stop meeting for morning walks because the dogs were all over-exercising and beginning to suffer muscle related problems.  I miss those days.

Jack & Elsa

This is Jack and he is fast and funny and if you stand still chatting for too long he can jump as high as your shoulder from a standing position just to remind you he’s there … and bored … and wants to go home to crawl under the covers.

Jack

Jack bed 3.1

 

 

Paris

My next commission was to paint Paris, a 13 year old Staffie.  I’ve never met Paris but I was sent lots of photos and was asked to paint one specific pose and background.  The background requested was a spot-light effect, which I’ve never done before.

So I watched YouTube tutorials and learned about a product called an ‘Extender’ which allows more movement of acrylic paint before it dries.  It also allows you to blend and smooth-out brush strokes.  With this medium the acrylic paint performs just like oil paint and is workable for a longer period of time.

I visited my local art shop to buy the canvas and invested in a bottle of Extender, went home and practised, practised, practised.  At first I thought the spot-light looked like a halo so I practised more and blended more and eventually I was happy with the effect.

Paris

I’m so glad I was asked to paint Paris because I feel it’s pushed me to learn a new paint effect which I know I’ll use again.

After Christmas I received a lovely thank you message from Paris’ Mum together with photos of the canvas framed and hung.

Paris in frame