My final, finished acrylic painting, ‘Parisian Doodle,’ is the fourth entry of my collection submitted to the Westminster Kennel Club annual art contest. Fun fact: this glossy black plastic frame is $4 from the nearby Family Dollar
To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d continue after this stage; I was uneasy over whether I should or not stereotype in an asthetically pleasing way, with the Parisian Eiffel tower and Palace of Versailles garden.
Is the ‘Parisian Doodle’ better off without the tiny delicate flecks of glossy gold Golden acrylic paint marks or not? You decide.
I always make sure to shamelessly self endorse my live painting videos on my story portion of my Instagram page, @xi_wen_c , at least three hours ahead.
The close up are on my other ‘Parisian Doodle’ Instagram journal entry. Merry we meet, and merry, we part.
Your friend, coven sister, packmate, confident, roommate, ally, business partnery,
~Xi Wen Chen/陈睎文
‘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
I decided to enter the Westminster Kennel Club/Pratt dog art contest; this is entry 1 that I’ve completed. What I loved the most about painting this ‘Doe Eyed Yorkie’ piece is experimenting with the fur texture.
As you can see, the first layer was a bit of a struggle, I wanted to include the fur wrappers present in the reference image, yet it ended up not working out. I also made the fur too bloated and the ‘neck fur’ far too short.
In the next layer of paint, I discovered that the composition was a bit crooked, and the dimensions a bit off, so I sought to amend that.
Before I could begin embellishing the painted dog with my fav Golden iridescent bright gold paint, I needed to first ‘bring back’ the fur strokes that were unintentionally lost when I touched up the backdrop with a mixture of several dark acrylic paints: phthalo blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt green, cadmium, and alizarin crimson hue.
Here’s the 10-minute video I made on Instagram’s live feed option:
Thanks for taking the time to read this art grimoire entry! May all be well with ye:
~Xi Wen Chen