I always think of my yellow lab Albert as a handsome dog, but every now and then, he strikes a pose or happens to settle into just the right light where I catch myself looking at him like he is a painting!

On one of the first sunny Sunday mornings of the spring, I found myself sitting in the grass with Albert and I knew it was time to paint him again!

My goal with this piece was to capture a sense of the bright sunshine hitting him.

For this painting, I used the gouache in an impressionistic manner. Working on this piece reminded me of working with pastels — one stroke of opaque color being layered on top of or next to another. This creates a sense of luminosity and optical mixing that would be tough to recreate any other way.

A colorful work in progress gouache painting of a yellow lab by Jeffrey Smith
A work in progress shot of Albert

About This Painting

Title: Albert

Medium: gouache

Surface: watercolor paper

Size: 14x10"