I have been procrastinating about this painting for a while. I normally paint the crazy watercolours for myself so I was excited and nervous to get a giant dog portrait commission of a greyhound!
This piece is a rather epic size of 30×30 inches, the largest commission I have ever painted!
I am afraid I have to confess I used a projector to get the image on the canvas as my arms weren’t really long enough to stretch out and easily get the proportions right. I also did a mini sketch to make sure my client was happy with the colours I used.
Here you can see where I have placed the masking fluid. This ensures that these parts of the canvas stay white. A lot of this placement is guess work, but I find leaving white makes the watercolours much more vibrant. And yes I am crawling around on the kitchen floor doing this as my studio isn’t big enough!
Painting watercolour on canvas is very different to paper. I have to coat it with a special ground first and when you apply the watercolour it stays wet for a lot longer. Now I am used to it I love it, but it was a bit of a learning curve!
I waited for the background to be virtually dry ad then proceeded to paint Prince.
When he was dry I removed the masking fluid and added the black outline. He is now getting a good coat of varnish and when that is done I will take a final photograph!