Portrait of a Sheepdog

 
Watercolour on paper. 2012.

This portrait of a collie sheepdog was commissioned by the dog’s owner as a tribute to a loving pet.

Unusually for me, the paint was applied very thickly, working in layers to build up colour saturation and texture. A very faint hint of green was applied as a wash below the jaw to create a sense of depth and to offset the brown hues elsewhere. White hatching across the black created the glossy finish to the coat.