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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Chloe portrait in progress 12

Took this pic at the end of my workday today.

My studio shots usually have most of the artwork covered up with white paper to protect it while I’m working. I got the edge of the “blue sky” reflections on the river finished today, all the way across, then I wanted to tape the artwork up on the wall and stand back to look at it, and see how the overall image looks. I added a few more little sky-blue blips along the edge to get that nice curve of the blue sky reflection coming down (near the ball splash) and across to the lower right. That really frames the figure of Chloe in the composition.

I have to add just a few more subtle gold and green scribbles on the river (between Chloe and the sky-blue curve) to create the ripple surface of the water…and then I have to finish all across the bottom of the artwork below the sky-blue curve. That will be sky reflection, broken up in a few places by ripples, but toward the bottom of the artwork it shows more of the rocks and pebbles on the bottom of the river visible through the water.

Portrait of a red Doberman leaping into a river, in progress in Kevin's studio

So this is what my studio looked like after I shut down the monitor, and took the artwork down off the wall, ready to work on it again tomorrow.

As you can see, it was a rainy, wintery day outside.


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