Maltese Portrait

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Today I am working on a Maltese portrait. Unfortunately the photo reference I was given is tiny and I am guessing as to what this cutie looks like. So for now I am trying to add texture, since this painting will be mostly in browns, ochre, and soft yellow shades. I'll post another update soon.

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Every client has different ideas as to how they like their pet painted or in what type of setting the pet should be shown. In this case,  I was asked to make the little dog only slightly larger than in the original photo reference and keep pretty much the same color scheme. It creates a painting that emphasizes how small this little dog is. Working only with a few colors the overall feel of the painting is one of calm. I have to let the painting sit for a bit and will continue in about a week to work more on details in the fur. 

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