‘Royale Mischief’ is inspired by Victorian era paintings of pampered dogs portrayed in mansions. I decided to use oil paint to create the vivid textures in the coat and and furniture.
The fur coat is a mass of lightly blended colors, it was fun to experiment with vibrant and subtle hues. Creating the torso and proportions was quite difficult, since this pooch isn’t standing or sitting still.
For the first two layers, I was at a lost as to what to do with the background; I first painted it green since grass was the backdrop in my French bulldog reference photo:
I am rather satisfied with the end results: I enjoyed painting the facial expression and implying the backdrop. I believe that a mix of cadmium red and Indian red Gamblin oils was a suitable choice sicne it helped define the curves and edges of the pup.
I’ll be posting a varnish video of it the minute this painting is completely dry. Blessed be your weekend!
~Xi Wen Chen