Portland Oregon Dogs Oil PaintingToday I painted the first part of the undertones of my Portland Pooches project.  If you remember from last week, this is a 24″ x 24″ square painting.  I snapped this photo using my iPhone last Fall when we were traveling in Oregon. This was an early morning scene in one of the charming restaurant alleys you find in Downtown Portland.  I believe this is somewhere near VooDoo Donuts.

My goal today was to start painting undertones with the intent of darkening many of the areas with more paint layers next week.  The painting compadres (other folks in my class) said they liked the transparency of the sidewalk areas and I should consider keeping those in the final product. Rick, our instructor, said he agreed and it’s almost like a watercolor done with oils.

I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I will take it into consideration for sure. Meanwhile, I feel like I’ve made good progress on this.  I left it at the studio to dry this week and will work on it again next Thursday in class.