“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet” – Colette
I have always loved animals. There has never been a point in my life without them; however, knowing I could never be around blood or immersed in sick and suffering animals, becoming a vet was out. After receiving a scholarship to The Schuler School of Fine Arts’ Summer Program and through my later enrollment into their full program, I had the privilege of learning from Ann Didusch Schuler. Mrs. Schuler’s career was built on portraits, but I was inspired by her paintings of pets often included in their compositions or the paintings of family pets that adorn the walls at the Schuler School. Following in her footsteps, I looked to depict the loyal companions of my clients interpreting Ann Schuler’s soft, flowing brushstrokes in my own voice (technique).
From there, I like to begin to paint in the transferred drawing with an underpainting in raw umber. It allows me to work out any drawing issues without worrying about the color mixtures. Once dry I can paint expressively and wipe back to the accurate drawing underneath if I don’t like it. I will then begin to build up the colors and values working out the subtle forms within the body before getting into the fun filled detail stages of fur and facial expressions. It is in the final stages I make a conscious effort to pay attention to the details within the eyes of the animal. This is where we have the most connection with them on a day to day basis in the color, the glisten and the tilts of the brow.
ABOUT BETH’s WORKSHOPS
Beth has received several recognitions for her paintings of pets and animals. She was a Finalist in the Artist’s Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition in Animal/Wildlife and she was recently featured in the International Artist Magazine as “Master Painter’s of the World.” Her workshops in the Baltimore area are a great way to learn how to approach animal portraits using a classical technique of underpainting and application of color. As a matter of fact, Beth has an Animal Portraiture Workshop starting on July 29, 2013.
For further information on her animal paintings or workshops Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to her website: http://www.bethdeloiselle.com
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