English bulldog---our "Maggie"

by Jeannie
(Atlanta, GA USA)

Maggie, hard-headed English bulldog

Maggie, hard-headed English bulldog

Acrylic on canvas.


This pic I did from a picture of the beloved family mutt. Problem was I just didn't know how to do the 'fade' on larger canvas, once I realized I had done her too small.

While the likeness is pretty danged close, my daughter and her husband never could get past my attempt at "fading" her away?

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Maggie
by: Mops

Hi Jeannie:
Excellent painting!Super face.I think he'd look great on an Afghan with the front rumpled up over his front paws. My Shi-Tzu does that all the time. Just a thought!!! :o)
Mops

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Maggie
by: Anonymous

Hi Jeannie,

Love Maggie's eyes and mouth. You have painted Maggie very well. !!!

I paint in watercolour so I am not sure if you can do a crop using canvas or not.

Assuming you can, I think cropping just slighlty above the fade out and a bit off the right side will solve the problem and anchor Maggie to the ground. Cropping off a bit of the right hand side willremove some of the negative space and have Maggie slightly off center.

Cheers,

Gail


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by: Aries

Hi Jeannie,

First of all great work. I think you did a great job on the likeness of Maggie. This is a beautiful painting.

I think your idea of fading is possible. Maybe vignetting the dog's front legs would work although I'm not so sure if it will have the same effect on his hind legs.

You might also consider putting the dog in a field of tall grasses. I think the grass blades can hide her legs. You can of course try it first in a sketch to avoid ruining Maggie's painting incase you don't feel the grass.

hope this helps :-)

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by: Mary Fraser

thanks for your respose .... I don't know about being more experienced as I've only been painting daily since November . The face is absolutly amazing ... meant to tell you that . MaryZIPPE

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To Mary:
by: Jeannie

Your comments are helpful, for sure.

It's funny. For me, doing my own pics, I am looking to accomplish this or that, but given a chance to hear others comments (those more adept than myself)like you give me a different view for my own eyes.

Less outline, same color and a fade coming up next!

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Maggie
by: Mary Fraser

Beautifully done , what I do(watercolors) is fade the animal into the background by uaisg the same color. I also soften the outside lines .

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Fading?
by: Linda in Canada

I get the idea of what you mean about fading away the dog, perhaps the paint needed to be lighter as you went on? I'm no expert that's for sure.
The one thing I wondered about was his eyes, they looked a bit flat to me as there seems to be no reflection in them, is that how they were in the photo? I did love the shape of her head, I have trouble with that, so I admire a painter that can get the head to look so good, I was very impressed with that. I think that Maggie looks great!

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