My Day 4 painting for Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" is of Maggie. She belongs to my friend, LuAnn who sent me the festive reference photo for this painting. Isn't she cute? The reference photo was hard to work from. First of all there is Maggie's dark fur. Then there was the fact that from the position that LuAnn took the photo, Maggie's legs were foreshortened and looked odd. I looked online for photos of dogs in similar positions to try and work out the legs and painted them that way, but they still look odd to me, so I cropped it. I like it better that way. I used watercolors and touches of ink in her fur to get some texture.
Here is my final plein air done in 2016 down by the water in Yaphank.