Thursday, November 15, 2012

Keen Sight

'Keen Sight'
6" x 6" oil on panel
Reference photo by Geoffrey Fairchild

I always think that when my dog looks at me, like staring and studying me, sometimes without blinking, that she sees exactly who I am. . . And she's okay with that. And that is very comforting. :) This isn't my dog, but there's a very keen perception in her gaze that makes me wonder just how intelligent dogs are you know?

Probably more than me. :)

I've been dying to try oil painting again and yesterday I decided why the heck not? So I did, and it was so much fun!! More fun than I've had painting in a long time. Sometimes to keep creatively fired up I just need to let go and do something fun, that I want to do. Even if it is an abysmal failure.

But this time it wasn't. (How bout a Huzzah for that eh?) I really like how this painting turned out. I want to do more of these small close-ups of dogs and other animals, and people too, in oil right away. I'm very excited to do another one, I can't wait to get back to painting, and I just realized today that I had kind of been dreading it for the last few weeks. Not good.

I'm still in the smitten stage with oil paints right now. It's still new, so I don't know all their bad habits yet, like chewing gum with their mouth open and what not. ;)

In other news, I have officially commissioned my very first painting. By this young artist below. 


I asked my son to paint me a large canvas for our family room and here he is hard at work. He was so excited that I asked him. Of all my kids he's the one who LOVES art as much as I do. And that is very cool.

Later my friends!



15 comments:

  1. Oh Crystal, he's absolutely adorable...the color of his fur and that sparkle in his eyes is beautiful.!! Love this one! and I love how your son is so intent on his commission. He's such a handsome boy! you should be SO proud!!!

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  2. wow, I like it. Very beautiful dog!

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  3. Lovely dog!
    Nice to see your son getting involved :) xx

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  4. LOVE it! Great painting, such a terrific perspective. I love that "up close and personal" feel. It makes the painting so much more appealing -- adorable dog and so true what you said about them. Wonderful style with the oils too. You are very brave. Your son is adorable -- how nice to share your interests with someone in the family! :) Have a great day -- I love reading your posts, even if I can't always comment. Keep `em comin'! :) Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Crystal.

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  5. How wonderful your son is painting one for the family room. A treasure for ever.

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  6. A wonderful painting Crystal! You do oils fantastic too but I am not surprised. I have switched to acrylics lately but you make me want to get my oils back out. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Crystal.

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  7. Hi Crystal. I love the colors and intensity of expression in "Keen Sight"!
    The photo of your son working on your commission is wonderful - he looks totally absorbed!!! HUZZAH!!!

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  8. Wow - the dog is wonderful! I love how you have cropped the face because it pulls me right in to the eyes - Masterpiece!
    And I love that you asked baby Cook to paint you a canvas! A family heirloom in progress - Priceless!! :0)

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  9. Que bonito, los ojos tienen una gran expresividad y fuerza.

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  10. an amazing splash of color and light crystal! beautifully done! looking so forward to more oil closeups! huzzah!

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  11. Wonderful painting Crystal, whether it is oil or w/c. Your talent is so great with w/c that I didn't recognize this as an oil. It's always fun to shake things up one way or another.

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  12. Hey Crystal:) Beautiful dog portrait! Thanks to you I feel like to try it myself!~eek
    Are you going to show the painting of your son when it's finished? Beautiful that he loves art just like you. Lucky girl!

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  13. This is a wonderful piece, rich and you've really captured the essence of how dogs will look right into you, know you and be happy about it. Way to encourage your son!

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  14. You made my eyes open wide with this one Crystal. I saw it and thought, that HAS to be an oil...and so it was. You did a fabulous job but that does not surprise me as you are so outstanding in everything you do.
    Hope you do more oils.
    A budding artist looking totally engrossed- a sure sign of future addiction to the arts. Yea!

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