Blackety Black, Please Come Back


I may have said this before, but I love working from black backgrounds.  When I did the paintings of the fawns, I started out with a black background.  I am going to do the same for the painting of Sue’s dog, Seamus.

Because he is a black dog and dark colors will take over the majority of the canvas, it makes sense to paint the canvas black so that less dark layers will be required overall.  I used acrylic paint, because it dries quickly.  Then I sketched him using white chalk.

When working with white chalk, mistakes can easily be erased with a damp cloth.

Next, I’ll continue with oil paint.  My goal is to finish this painting by the tenth of January.  I think this piece will move pretty quickly.  Famous last words?

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My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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4 Responses to Blackety Black, Please Come Back

  1. Hi Melody!
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season! Is Seamus a Newfoundland? He is beautiful! I used to raise St. Bernards! Your post taught me something today. Never thought of starting with a black background and sketching with white chalk. So helpful! Looking forward to seeing your finished artwork! Happy New Year!
    Hugs, Renee’

  2. arrynvogan says:

    Pooh I look forward to seeing the end result of this one! ( as usual)

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