Friday, February 27, 2015

Walking the Dogs

a watercolor painting of a man walking 3 dogs
Walking the Dogs
Watercolor on Arches Rough
8” x 10”
Chris Breier © 2015
The original painting is available.
Late one afternoon, I spotted this man walking a group of dogs and thought that this scene would provide me with a much needed change of subject matter. I waited to take the picture until he reached the point on the sidewalk where it makes the most effective composition; he’s positioned so that the right diagonal edge of the crosswalk points toward him. It’s a good compositional strategy to position shapes so that they lead the viewers eye towards the focal point. The crosswalk also breaks up what would be a boring area of flat color.

The figure and the dogs were fun to paint and I just focused on painting the light and dark patterns that define their shapes.

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