Monday, 31 August 2009

It's Not a Potato!!!


I had an all too brief hiatus from painting potatoes yesterday and it was good. I've had this commission outstanding for quite a few weeks, which is fine as the lady who comissioned it is well aware I have to concentrate on the spuds first, but I've been feeling the need to paint something that isn't a tuber for a while now.

Initially the clean white paper was scary, and it all looked very complicated compared to the simple ovals I have been working on for so long. While making the basic sketch I felt like my brain and drawing hand were creaking into an unused gear, with dusty cogs clanking and cobwebs dispersing. However, hours later when I realised the time and reluctantly dragged myself away from it, I felt so much better for having worked on something with shiny eyes, fur and a wet nose!

Unfortunately, it's back to potatoes today - seven more were brought round yesterday. Luckily they are all simple yellows & whites, so hopefully will be completed quickly and I can sneak in some more work on the dog without guilt!

6 comments:

Laura said...

You poor thing - you must be dreaming about potatoes!

Looking forward to seeing the finished dog painting.

Sallie said...

I love this start. I can see so much expression in his eyes already.

Magpie Magic said...

It's lovely already and I am glad you managed to do something else in between. :-)

Boomka said...

I know what you mean about the white being intimidating. My friend is a painter and frequently starts out with a different colored canvas just because he finds it less challenging to begin. For me it is the opposite with a blank sheet of paper becasue I love that. I can just type and run with it and just go wherever. But a great painting nonetheless.

fhiona galloway said...

this looks gorgeous already!

soggibottom said...

try as I might I can't think of a potato joke tonight. The dog is another matter, not for a joke but just to say he already looks as if you could throw your arms around him. Wonder if he really is as angelic as he looks. Love doggy art.