"Hitch" Plein Air

I haven't had a post in a while so here is the start of many great projects.
Recently traveled to the mountains of Colorado to complete a commission of one in a long line of pit bull royalty. Pet portraiture can be stagnant and uninteresting, however when executed on site utilizing a plein air palette and spacial organization, the painting quickly becomes dynamic, taking on the qualities of the mountain atmosphere and air that is present at elevation. This particular piece was a great challenge and often the best work is created when it is a difficult piece to master, forcing the artist to adapt and react to the changing surroundings.

I painted two small color and anatomic studies on site, and then completed the large painting on site, en plein air, using both the color studies as guides to paint the final piece.

Oil on canvas, 20 x 24, "Hitch"

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