The third and largest in my recent series of dog paintings:
Sleeping Woman with Dog
20" x 36" oil on linen 2016
This composition is built around the triangle of dark notes in the woman's hair, the night sky, and the dog. The middle tone of the blanket is a bridge between the dark and light notes.
In the initial drawing, the dog was sleeping and lying in the same direction as the woman:
6 1/4" x 9" pencil on paper 2016
I liked the composition on an abstract level, developed two more drawings from it, but came to feel the narrative was too obvious. The drawings were put aside. A couple weeks later, I had the idea to face the dog in the other direction. The energy seemed much better, more interesting, especially with the dog's eye now open.
6" x 9 1/4" pencil on graph paper 2016
The next to last drawing:
17 5/8" x 32" pencil on paper with red and yellow ratio lines 2016
Final drawing, full size and used for transferring the image to canvas:
20" x 36" pencil on paper with pastel tone on reverse 2016