Dawn B. Dwyer Explains the Creation Process of Making the Official Portrait of Euka, P&G’s retired V.P. of Canine Communication

Chosen Photo Reference for Portrait of Euka    This is the process that I did to create the official portrait of Euka.   I will post a few pictures each day till we have the completed painting.  So be sure to check back each day to eventually see the completed painting.

Creating a portrait of an animal always starts with a photograph.  Once I have the photo I will work with it to find the perfect composition.  Euka got to sit on some chairs for this photo because we wanted to be sure she would givet off the essence of feeling important.  By elevating her from the floor it changed her demeanor.

I was also looking for a certain light to make the portrait more interesting.  So there is cool light coming from the window on the right side of the portrait and warm light in the shadow.

Initial sketch to block in shapes

Next I did a quick oil sketch to block in the shapes of the painting.

Dividing the Shadow from the Light

Portrait of Euka Unveiled at Procter & Gamble – Commission by Dawn B. Dwyer

Hours before the reveal at the Procter & Gamble Mason office, Dawn B. Dwyer was photographed with the oil painting, Euka, which was about to be unveiled to the Procter & Gamble Pet Division.  Euka served over 50 dog years as the V. P. of K9 Communication.  During her time of service she was even featured on the cover of Fortune Magazine, in 2004.

A grand retirement party was held in her honor where the official portrait of Euka was revealed.  It was an honor for Dawn to be chosen to capture this magnificent yellow labrador retriever in an oil painting.  The whole experience was a lot of fun!  Dawn will be posting the “Making of the Portrait of Euka”  in the next few days at www.dawnbdwyer.com

You can also see more of the oil paintings of Dawn B. Dwyer on April 27th & April 28th at the Pendleton Art Center.

“Endless Possibilities” at the Pendleton Art Center January 27, 2012

YOUR BEST YEAR EVER … Welcome to 2012! 

Did you know that in ancient Rome, the month, January is named after Janus the god of the doorway?  In fact, it was a tradition to symbolically close the door on old troubles and open another to new possibilities

Nice idea!

I thought this painting would be a great one to feature this month because of the story it tells.  It just fits in with the new year and the endless possibilities the new year offers to all of us.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world offers us endless possibilities. We just have to be ready to act without hesitation when the opportunities arise.  Because sometimes it is just a fleeting moment.  So now and then, we just need to take the chance, remove our shoes and get our feet wet.

Holiday Art Opening at Pendleton Art Center

pet portraits | wildlife | marine life | nature 

I have been working hard trying to get oil paintings completed for Final Friday (Nov. 25, 2011) at the Pendleton Art Center.  Below are some of the paintings I have been working on this past week and hope to have completed for the art opening held at my new studio at the Pendleton Art Center/Cincinnati on the 8th floor.

I will be easy to find, just come into the Pendleton Warehouse Studios and take the elevator straight up to the top floor (8th).  STUDIO 804-B

Final Friday and Second Look Saturday

Not only will you be seeing my work but also 8 floors of Studios will be open to the public.  Studio walks are a lot of fun and held the Final Friday of each month from 6 pm to 10 pm. Studios of the Pendleton Art Center are open to the public, giving guests the opportunity to view creative art space, as well as purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists. Second Look Saturdays offer another opportunity to experience the Pendleton and its artists from 11 am to 3 pm.  Below is a link for information about the Pendelton Art Center/Cincinnati and directions.

http://pendletonartcenter.com/cinci_wh_f8.html#whf8804B1

In the works and on the easel  …

Work in Progress 16 x16 oil "Angel in the Night"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making progress but still have a ways to go!

This painting was inspired by a night dive I did.  With only a flashlight in  hand to illuminate the darker water at 60′ an Angel Fish appears with all it’s beauty.

Help ... I need a Title for this 20x16 work in progress.

I really need help with the Title of this piece, so if something comes to mind please leave it in the comment section.  The painting is not complete yet but close enough for you to get a feel of it and an idea for a title.

The Challenges When Plein Air Painting

Here was my subject on day 1

 

Plein Air painting is always tricky and full of surprises.  You never know who you are going to meet while painting, what they will say to you nor what challenges you will face other than the on going moving shadows and changing subject.  In this particular case, I didn’t have enough time to finish my painting.  So I thought I would finish it up the next week if it was sunny.  Boy, was I surprised when I came back.

Oh my gosh ... they drained the Lake!

 

When I returned to finish the painting, this is what I saw.  It was just too funny.  Who would of thought they would drain the lake?  So not only was I dealing with a moving subject as the shadows changed everything, I had to also imagine where the water line would be on the rocks and what the water reflections would look like.

 
Mmm … I think this one will be finished in the studio.  Every painting has a story … there is no question about that.