Golden Yellow Dog (World Watercolor Month 13/31)

This one started out as an abstract silhouette of a dog, in a similar fashion to the cat I painted yesterday. But as I started dropping in color to the damp paper, I was getting shading kind of similar to the reference image I was using….


so I wound up going a bit more realistic than planned.   This is watercolor on 8 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Arches 140 lb. cold-press watercolor paper.   I definitely changed the color from the reference, but not way.   Considering that I love drawing animals realistically, but have almost no experience painting them, it turned out ok, and the fur texture sure worked out better than I could have hoped. However, looking at the work of Rebecca Evans and others here on WP who paint animals so convincingly, let’s say I’m not where I need to be, but I’m making the journey. Do check out Rebecca’s blog, she will inspire and impress you with horses, hares, and everything furry and hairy under the sun in almost every medium there is! An extremely talented artist, and a good woman, to boot!

I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of my #2 round Isabey sable brush, which definitely helped me get my furry on.  It was pretty much a matter of flicking here and there in the direction the fur was growing on damp (not wet) paper.   Using M. Graham’s wonderful Nickel Quinacridone Gold paint seemed to help a lot too; just the nature of the pigment gave me a hand up.    Which I needed!     Not sure I’ll be trying any more realistic animals in watercolor soon, but this turned out better than I could have expected with a semi-realistic animal painting, for sure.   Boy, lots of practice with watercolor this month!    I hope you’ll join us; it’s never too late to pick up a watercolor brush and fling paint (and joy) to the moon!   Peace.


67 thoughts on “Golden Yellow Dog (World Watercolor Month 13/31)

    1. I think that’s a beautiful painting of your doggy! But what’s more impressive is that you can actually spell ‘Quinacridone.’ I can’t even pronounce it! Anyway, great job! 🙂

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      1. It’s wonderful to know that our watercolor adventures are full of ups and downs, jackpots and mistakes. But in the end, we only win and learn and improve. Planned or semi planned, that dog is still awesome!

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  1. You got it Laura, the hair is there, and you used colour 😀 When I do my animals it basically looks like this as the first second stage, then when dry I go in to fill in more hair detail, etc, unless it is a more loose style I am looking for, then I would leave it, it depends on if you want to try for a detailed look, or leave be ( always a difficult decision I find, especially as I am trying to work looser, it is hard not sticking in more detail) don’t give up on the animal painting you are going in exactly the right direction, as long as you are enjoying it. Thank you for the link to my blog, you don’t know how much your kind words help me to shift this knot, block I have. ….off to paint now, some oils, but I am considering acrylic for speed? ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👏🏼

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    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! You know you inspire me, girl! I appreciate your tip re the layers, would you have hard edges in that final layer, using a rigger type brush?

      Yay for speed, yes, definitely with acrylics, I do think you could work in any medium you wanted and it’d be great. You could invent your own medium (and have done so!). I know it’s hard when you have so many oils going and not enough space for them all to dry slowly always. 💜

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      1. Well I do a little bit of both, if I think the edges look too hard with the rigger, or rake, I water down some of the colour I am using and swish that over ….when the hair is semi dry ( just touch dry) this softens the edges, then I sometimes do this layering three to four times, softening on occasions… works a little like Cynthia’s dunking of her watercolour bird bath, in the bird bath, he he, that still makes me chuckle. So do make sure the hairs a pretty dry first or it will just bleed out. …..I went for oil in the end, a giant horse head of Bettie on 1x1m, base layer done 😀

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      1. Oh my Laura, I’m so pleased you’re enjoying my little blog at Bluebird4udaily.. I’m right now looking at your blog and the lovely work you’ve done in here.. Really beautiful… Have a Artful and Peaceful day my dear.. hugs from one Laura to another…

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          1. Laura, I’m not sure where I found this photo of the bluebird, it was on my computer for years.. So, I’m not sure and have no way of finding out.. But, when I closed my old word press account last year I wanted to try something different and found this picture and thought hum… that’s it! hugs from Laura

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  2. Rebecca gave you such wonderful advice…..I love how you are opening yourself up to watercolor, it is a medium that can bring joy and pain all at once! I actually see more confidence in your painting and with your dog. Just keep at it and remember to be happy and joyful while painting with watercolor. Peace back to you 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. You and Debi are both Zen Artists!!! I may start calling you both ZA ZA lol. Margaret, I never thought it would happen, but you are right. I am starting to feel more confident with watercolor. I guess when all else fails, paint every day for a month in one medium, and see what happens, huh? And again, yes, I do think it’s important to be happy & joyful while painting with wc, moreso than with any other medium I’ve worked in. It is so very key and often will predict the success (or not) of the painting. Thanks for your feedback; I find it more helpful than you know! ❤

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      1. now wait till it really is a lovefest (maybe, if you want) and you can’t wait to get to painting with it! driven to…..maybe that is why I get up between 5:30-6 am! I used to be a lazy bones 7-8 am but now I am up at ’em early with joy! lol

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  3. getting your furry on; oh my gosh! thought I’d start gasping with laughter! I do love the golden fur, the face and the Fun you had with it! its true, too, do just about anything everyday for a month and it will get easier 🙂 now, I need to go see the kitty!

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