Winter Labrador

by Tina Nichols
(Indiana, USA)

Winter Labrador

Winter Labrador

This is a winter scene with a black labrador that has been painted with acrylic craft paints on an 8 1/2" x 11" (21.6cm x 27.9cm) piece of 140 pound cardstock paper.


Like many of my paintings, this one was also inspired by my dog Jake, a labrador retriever.

One night last winter he woke me up in the middle of the night. He needed to go out real bad and he was very persistant. So I got up and let him out to do his business. It was around three o'clock and it was a full moon. The light of the moon was very intense and it reflected beautifully off the white snow in my backyard. I just had to capture that moment.

I started out by preparing my paper. I painted the entire page with antique white and let it dry thoroughly. Then I painted the starry sky and moon and the hills. I added a few pine trees and a small cottage in the background. Then I added the pine trees in the center of the picture, and then the snow covered trees and bushes. To break up the whiteness, I added some fences and a few grasses. I added the dog and shadows last.

If I would paint this picture again I would make the dog a little smaller, he seems to be a little bit too big. This painting is one of my favorites and I was pleased with my shadows and how it turned out. It looks exactly like it did that night.

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I think his size is fine
by: Jill

I'm so glad you were able to capture exactly how that night was. Just beautiful!

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Thank You
by: Tina Nichols

Thanks everybody for taking the time to comment on my painting, I very much appreciate it.

I have always liked drawing but I have only started to draw and paint seriously about 3 years ago. This painting was my third acrylic painting using ordinary acrylic craft paints.

Tina :-)

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Hi Tina
by: Karen

Oh, I forgot. I think the size of the lab is perfect since he's the focus.

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Hi Tina
by: Karen

I love your lab paintings - they really are beautifully done and captures such a warm special moment - in both of them that I,ve seen. As a beginner painter I,m curious as to how long you have been painting?

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Winter Labrador
by: Michael, Wales UK

Hi Tina

Thank you for your comments on my Pansy.

The painting give a feeling of crispness and cold.
An excellent painting but I do agree with you that your dog is not in proportion to the rest of the painting


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Christmas card
by: Kristy`

I love your painting it looks just like a Christmas card that I would buy to send to my Fellow dog lovers.

Great Job!!

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Winter Labrador.
by: Barbaa

I AGREE TINA HE IS RATHER BIG, MUCH BIGGER IN FACT THAN THE FENCES. i LOVE THE SETTING AND HE IS A LOVELY LAB. HAPPY PAINTING.

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