Labrador Inn

by Tina Nichols
(Indiana, USA)

Labrador Inn

Labrador Inn

This is an 8 1/2" x 11" (21.6cm x 27.9cm) acrylic painting painted on heavy card stock. I used acrylic craft paint, commonly used for tole painting.


I have a black labrador retriever that loves to look out of our bay window and I was inspired to paint a window scene with a lab in it.

The most difficult part for me was to find a reference picture of a lab sitting in the right pose, so Jake had to be the guinea pig. I had my husband hold a treat in front of him while I tried to take several snapshots to get the right pose. It was quite funny as Jake was so fixated on getting that treat and he started to drewl. Hubby kept telling me to hurry it up because Jake was starting to blow "drewl bubbles!

Well anyway, I started with the road and the trees first, then the fence and the labrador Inn sign, then I added the grassy area with the rocks, the lilac bushes and the window frame. Then I did the curtains which to my surprise weren't as difficult as I thought they would be.

I did Jake last and I must say he was the most difficult part. I really had a hard time with the shadows in a black dog and I'm still not 100% happy with it but I stopped fiddling with it because I was afraid I'd mess it up.

The labrador on the Labrador Inn sign is supposed to be just a black wooden cutout, sitting on top of the post, that's why I didn't add any shading to it.

As I look at the painting now (several months after I finished it) I noticed that I forgot to add a shadow from the cutout on the post.

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This is cute
by: Jill

What a great piece.

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labrador
by: Angeline

Hi Tina,

Thank you for your answer.
I saved it to my documents, so when I have to paint curtains, I can consult it.

I keep saying it's a beautiful painting.
Thank you again.

Angeline

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About the curtains
by: Tina

Hi Angeline,

Thanks for the comment. I used a shader brush and I loaded it on one corner of the brush with antique white. Then I took the brush and painted a little on an index card to get rid of the excess paint and then I just followed my thin pencil lines on the acual painting. I did the more defined edges for the panels first and then I used a real watery white wash to make the curtains look transparent.After the curtains were done I used a script liner brush and added the little design to it. This was the first time I ever painted curtains and I thought it would be more difficult than it actually was. I guess it was also a hard decision to actually try it out, if it wouldn't have worked out I would have ruined my painting and all my work would have been for nothing. I was very happy the way it turned out.

Tina :-)

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Labrador
by: Angeline

Hi Tina,

What a wonderful painting.
The dog is great and is heart warming.
I would like to know how you made the curtains so transparant. Can you explain that, please? They are amazing.

Very well done.

Angeline
www.angeline-rijkeboer.exto.nl

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Love it
by: Dorothy , Carluke

Hi Tina,

Great painting I just love the way you have painted the curtains.

Great job all round,

Regards,

Dorothy

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Love it!
by: Anonymous

This is just so cute! You did a fine job of Jake and everything else. The curtains are impressive. I just love everything about this, the composition, the colors, the feel. Outstanding! If I had the money, I would ask to buy it :).

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'curtainly' pretty
by: Sonya

hi tina, while the whole painting is nice, i [particularly liked the curtains.

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Labrador Inn
by: Dee

I think that your work is lovely and realistic. At first,I thought that the dog outside, was on the driveway,not the sign(sorry),but overall I
have a heart warming feeling when I look at it.

Sincerely,
Dee


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