An interesting thing happens when you get a dog…


Albert, watercolor with pen and ink on toned paper, Jeffrey Smith

You find yourself painting pictures of your dog… I remember very distinctly sitting with some classmate when I was in art school. I’m sure it all started we were looking through an art magazine and came across an ad from an artist who did portraits of pets. As I recall, we all, being the mature …
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The Gouache Study


  This is one of several studies that I completed for a recent portrait commission.  It was painted on white watercolor paper with a  limited pallet of gouache paint. What the heck is gouache? Gouache is similar to watercolor; both are water soluble in a gum arabic based. Gouache is different in that it is …
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