Painting A Picture of The Dog Buster
Painting a picture of a dog is a nostalgic and creative project paying tribute to your four-legged friend that has departed. As the years go by I miss my dogs more and more, so I look at their pictures to remember the good times. My dogs were the bulwarks of my youth, providing much joy and understanding that could not always be found among people my own age since I did not go through the rebellious teen years. When I was young I was no social butterfly, but I certainly did not warm up to every dog easily. I love a cute a fuzzy dog as much as the next person, but I also had some traumatic experiences with aggressive dogs that chased me down the street. Thus, when I first met Lady dog I was scared of her, but that was really quite silly, as I would soon come to discover. Lady, also known as the bread dog, would bring thirteen years of amazing joy to my life.
Buster was her beloved son of Lady dog, and my banana nut bread colored dog who was of Siberian-Boxer admixture was adorable. I called Lady the bread dog because of her fondness for starchy processed food, but I nicknamed Buster banana nut bread because that was the shade of his fur. People were a little mean to him at times - screaming at him not to bark, yet they were more shrill and loud than his beautiful howl ever was. You can disagree with me, but I actually love the sound of a barking dog, especially since that is their form of communication. Also, I find it extremely rude when people walk past your house with several dogs and then scream at your dog for barking. Never mind that their dogs began the barking, and your dog was simply barking back. The times when people taunted Buster are aggravating to recall, but there were definitely more good memories than bad, such as how Buster's other nickname was diplodog for his penchant of shaking hands. All these years later I still love my dogs, and this painting of Buster was creating in his loving memory. As soon as it dries I will have a beautiful piece of art for my wall.
Step One: Add The Pink CollarClick thumbnail to view full-size
In this step I decided to paint Buster's collar pink. Yes, in the original photograph is collar was green, but the lovely thing about painting means you get to choose your own colors. Watch the Youtube video below to hear more about why I decided to make Buster's collar pink. You are welcome to view more of my videos over on Youtube if you would like to keep up with my arts and crafts tutorials, and the other videos I create.
Step Two: Paint The Background
Here I used blue, white, and light green paint to achieve a turquoise colored background. I used a larger brush to create even strokes. Paint thinner was useful when it came to thinning out, and mixing enough paint to fill up the background, which I did change from the original picture of Buster.
Step Three: The Painting Is Finished
Here I have finished painting Buster, and I feel very satisfied about it. Allow your oil painting to sit and dry for a couple of weeks before moving. Once the painting was dried I hanged it on my wall, which you can see in the first photograph of this hub. Watch the Youtube video bellow to hear more about how I painted my dog.