Poppy the Rescue Black-Lab Mix, very dismayed at the fact that upon entering our humble South Valley kitchen having been just awoken by the sounds of clinking pots and pans and electric clicking of stovetops and tearing plastic wrappers, for all her mighty effort to come inspect the goods and purvey what morsels I would happily put on plates for her, that, amongst it all, there was, no bacon.
Poppy is a loveable Black Labrador Mix, but really she's a love-mutt at with a big fat rotten-catfish-yearning Texas heart. And she's got that particular Southern-offshoot of hospitality that is so impeccably genteel that sticking out her tongue is most definitely deserved. She was raised on the small town streets of a Panhandle town and rescued while still a pup, and has since learned the ways of the kitchen and all its expectable bounties.
But tonight, coming back from the grocery store, she's just discovered that amidst the cheeses and pastas and rice and peppers and garlic and spinach and tortillas and spices and sauces and maybe a fresh fish or two, there is no bacon anywhere to be had. Tonight she will just have to make do with a three egg goat cheese omelette cut in half, part for her and part for Max our twelve clawed cat.
(Yes, Max really has that many toes!)
And since I snapped a picture of Poppy sticking out her tongue at me, I get to paint her just to remind myself what never ever to forget to get her at the store next time.
How I Made this Artwork
Boo!! No Bacon! started out as a very hazy dark picture I took on my iPhone 3GS, so it really wouldn't make a good photo with even the best of attempts. But, as far as digital sketches go, it ended up being fabulous for me to lay down as a color & masking template to block in the primary fields of color for Poppy's beautiful face and expression.
Making this painting took several attempts at texture experimentation, since I really am attracted and enjoy the glowing colors of impressionist paintings, and wanted to give Poppy that same glowing sensation in this little portrait of her.
Ultimately, this painting was made by creating brush textures with my Wacom pen and tablet, and dabbing color patterns and picking up the digital-paint (similar to picking up 'literal paint' off a canvas), but the paint that I'm picking up in this artwork is made up of the pixels on the under-layer. I'm moving them to different layers and then blurring and re-blending, until Poppy begins to glow and feel like she will live forever in this painting.
Thinking about a Gift for Someone Special?
"Boo!! No Bacon!" is a piece of art I would give to a friend of mine who loves dogs, but especially one who loves their quirkiness and particular way of letting their owners and fellow two-legs exactly what's on their mind, in their own unique ways.
It's probably not a piece I would give to just any of my friends who own dogs, but rather, particular friends who express a more subtle appreciation of dogs' and cat's emotional nuances.
If you have a friend in mind who talks a lot about the silly things their dog does to neighbors, or intriguing kooky ways of playing with other dogs at the dog park, or even especially if your friend owns or has owned a Black Lab mix, this would be perfect, since Poppy is all those quirky smart things in one perfect little dog.
Art Materials and Supplies that Made this Art
The materials I used for this painting were my:
iPhone 3GS (to compose and snap all the shots that I hoped would make a decent printable picture), and my
Wacom Intuos Pro (for manipulating and painting with the photos as sketch foundations for the final artwork).