There are times when your friends have more faith in your skills than you do. Always try the challenges they offer you. This is a challenge Tracey offered me. Sammy is her sister’s little dog. I painted her about three years ago and posted her here. Her nick name is “Left Turn” because of the ear she carries out to the side. What better time to post her with her favorite toy, “Hippo”, than at Christmas. From what I hear, she carries it with her everywhere.
Thank-you for the comments on the blue dachshund pup I painted recently. I really worked on the black for this so she didn’t turn out too blue. I used mixtures of red, yellow and blue to create the grays and blacks I used here. In some areas, I dropped neutral tint (a black) to darken it a little more. Be careful when you do this. I’ve found that black looks very chalky and flat without the use of other colors. All in all, this was a significant challenge for me as I have never searched for black in my colors.