Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chocolate~in Progress

Meet Chocolate, a Great Dane and what a beauty he is. My niece, Megan Russell graciously sent me the photo so I could paint him. He is actually a Chocolat Dane, the chocolate color being a recessive gene carried in the harlequin (white with black spots) danes and his blue eyes are considered a flaw so he is not considered 'showable' by AKC standards. According to Megan, technically the spots make him a chocoquin, the spot color combined with white. There are also merlequins (white with blue spots), fawnaquins (white with tan) and brindlequins (white with tiger striped spots). None of these colors are AKC acceptable. What a shame.

I'm painting Chocolate on #140 Fabriano HP and the finished painting should be approx. 12" x 18". My palette is just FUB and burnt sienna. I did use just a little very dilute cobalt blue deep for his eyes.


Tracey said...

oh my gosh, he is too cute! Love all the values & texture you are getting with just 2 colors, very nice :)

Will be watching for the finale ;) Blue eye are NEVER bad in my books, dumb dog breeding rules!

Billie Crain said...

Isn't he the most amazing looking dog? When I saw him I knew I wanted to paint him. What does the AKC know anyway.

Krista Hasson said...

Billie, this is looking fantastic! What a wonderful subject

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Krista.:)

Bãpp said...

great job Billie,
jan :)

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Jan!