Friends

Friends - Acrylic Painting

Two new members of the family meet for the very first time. It’s a new beginning and friendship for the both of them. They don’t know it yet, but it will be a friendship that will last a lifetime.

Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 40 x 30 x .75 inches
Original: $1650
Signed bottom left

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 1

I decided to paint in the background base colors first in this painting. A lot of the background is out of focus so I just blocked in the colors loosely.

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 2

More of the background takes shape at this stage of the painting. The two couches, curtains, and television can be seen in the out of focus background. You can even see the two paintings hanging on opposite sides of the wall. I also laid in the base color of the dog in the foreground.

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 3

In this stage of the painting, I add in the foreground carpet base color and paint in the other key subject, the baby. Now we see the entire composition of the painting take shape.

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 4

The out of focus background is darkened with some dark blue and brown color mix. Some of the detail in the dog’s eye and face is painted in. I also paint in the sunlight yellow and bring in some orange and brown into the curtains near the window.

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 5

I painted more detail into the dog at this stage of the painting. The background is also darkened and more color is also painted in. There is much more contrast between the dark and light areas of the painting, which gives brings forward the two main subjects. A bit more detail work is added into the blurred background as well.

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 6

Time to add in some of the foreground carpet pattern. Now the entire painting is starting to take shape. A light pink is introduced into the dog, giving it more dimension.

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 7

A yellow white is used for the foreground detail. Separation between the dark and light of the carpet pattern is much more obvious. The front carpet area now looks like something you can touch.

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 8

I introduce a grey color into the carpet, creating more depth and volume in the pattern. I also darken the shadow areas in the baby’s clothing.

Friends Acrylic Painting - Work In Progress 9

Lots of detail is added into the dog. I also complete the red area of the rug. Some blue is also painted in the background to tone down the brown in the curtains and window area.

Friends - Acrylic Painting

The completed painting with all the colors and detail added to the dog, baby, and background. The eyes are painted in the baby, highlights and shadow in the dog’s hair completed, and the rest of the background is also finished.