I just painted Fubar’s pet portrait. This statement makes me think two things – one, my blog is aptly named because I can’t seem to say “paint it” without putting “just” in front of it. And two, what does “Fubar” mean?
The word “just” doesn’t necessarily mean ‘recently’ as in, “I ‘just painted it’, or I recently painted it. More like, “Oh, I just painted it.” And by that I don’t mean any arrogance, which is another connotation “just” can have.
Does that make sense? Probably not but just go with me.
See? I could use the word “just” in nearly any sentence, I think.
About his name – I have absolutely no idea what Fubar means but I do know after painting his portrait his name really came to grow on me. This seems to happen every time I paint a pet portrait.
They were kinda freaky like that.
If I do them right, that is.
I wrote a tutorial on How to Paint Dog Eyes, if you’re interested.
That, and I need some stronger ‘granny’ glasses.
Once I get the eyes painted, I block in the colors by using brush strokes in the directions of the dog coat.
I try not to get too detailed at this point, instead just laying down colors.
When I first started painting pet portraits the entire piece would have each.individual.strand of hair painted.
It’d take me weeks to finish and I really didn’t make that much of a difference when all was said and done.
I hope I captured his sweetness as he’s a tiny thing and this is an 8 x 10 in acrylic, bigger than he is in real life.
I’m so blessed to have the privilege of painting pet portraits. They’re truly such a joy to paint!
Or ‘just’ paint.
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