Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bandit the Art Dog

This is Benny Alba's sweet pooch Bandit. When I first saw him I loved his unique markings and his crystal blue eyes.

Benny gave me the liberty to use a large unique size canvas [14x 43] and to paint him with a non-traditional palette.

He's very laid back and an awfully sweet dog. I really enjoyed painting him.

41 comments:

Cynthia said...

What a lovely description of a dog. I think the color combination and intensity create a saturated beauty that I could just gaze at for hours, Sheila. Thanks for coming over to visit OWL blog and for your sweet comment. <3

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Love his pose, the lively eye expression and the colors: This is a great work, Sheila :)

Manon Doyle said...

Sheila....wow I just love the pose, the colors.... everything! Marvelous job!!

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, I will be the first of many to comment. I love your use of the non-traditional pallette and unique canvas size. Perfect for this wonderful pet!

Angela Elledge said...

Great composition in a format that I love. This reminds me of George Rodriguez's Blue Dog series, not because Bandit is blue, but because of your bold graphic colors!

Barb Hillier said...

This is fabulous Sheila - I love the way the bright colors have lots of punch without overwhelming the subject whose eyes just seem to lock onto mine!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This is a large canvas Sheila and you did a great job on this one.
You are brave my dear.
Is he a Husky?

Michelle said...

I love the unique size and style of this one!

Gwen Bell said...

How cool! Love your modern touch in this and the horizontal format works so well. Bet this is dynamite in person!

Sheila E. said...

Fantastic! when are you going to have a gallery showing?

pencilportraits said...

Hi Sheila, I've awarded you the Premio Meme award, you can collect it from my blog!

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Sheila,
thanks for coming by! You're right, we seem to "know" most of the same blogging artists...
I love this painting!
Am adding your link to mine...
Lynx says hi...
Cheers,
J

Nancy Medina said...

Striking Sheila - I think this is my favorite style of animal painting. I especially like when you work on big canvasses! unleash that raw artistic power girley! ; )
love and big hugs...

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

I like the intense pallet. Nice painting

JM said...

What a lovely painting! I like the way the dog is positioned.

Edward Burton said...

Very cool, Sheila - well done!

dominique eichi said...

so STRIKING and BEAUTIFUL. must be fabulous in real life. Bravo !

Call me aRt. said...

Hi Sheila, Thanks coming to see my long lost blog. Love this new one; you really filled the canvas artfully. Great intensity in his eyes.

The Bull said...

He looks like a dog with great personality, you captured him well.

James Oh said...

Sheila,
Please come to teaartblog to collect your award. Thanks and look forward to welcoming you there,

Benny Alba said...

Bandit's persona is perfectly captured by Sheila's art. His eyes are riveting yet with a certain kinda cartoonlike quality. He's part Australian Cattle Dog (coloration, eyes & legs) and Akita (hair, torso, tail). They call this type of coloration "blue" with Cattle Dogs, so Sheila did it right again there too.

Sheila chose the size and porportions of this canvas. Quite a challenge and oh my, what a success story! She has courage and drive. YES!

I can hardly wait to see it in person, already liking it immensely. Delicious colors, delightful shapes.

Bandit has his own art blog, thanks to Sheila's encouragement. banditsartadventures.blogspot.com

I sure am one heck of a lucky teacher.

sam said...

I like your colour choices Sheila, very bold.

Abby Creek Art said...

REALLY cool painting, Sheila...my favorite so far. The colors and composition are perfect!

sonja moser said...

Sheila, thanks for commenting and visiting my blog! i have a general weakness for dogs, they are in the top range of my favorite animals :-) love the emotive expression

suzanne cabrera said...

Ohhh, I just love those eyes!

Art with Liz said...

Oh Sheila, what an amazing portrait of Bandit. Who, but you, would have thought of painting him on a canvas of those proportions and how incredibly well it's worked. Great stuff!

Color Splashes said...

you should join the http://dailypaintersabstract.blogspot
Jala Pfaff is on their too!

Dean H. said...

Love those bold color choices!!

Madd Sketch said...

hi sheila its been awhile! the blue on this piece is great! i'm luving it! your so good with colors ^^

pencilportraits said...

He's a cracker Sheila, what an unusual portrait!

Cesc Ginesta said...

The result of the fantastic look of the dog. The attractive colors enhance the figure of the dog resting ...

Superb picture, congratulations!

Cesc

Gary Heller said...

This painting just made me smile at first look. Love the bright eyes and the flopped ear over on one side. The colors are cheerful and energizing.
Go Bandit!
Outstanding,Sheila.

David Larson Evans said...

more of the same please...really.

christine said...

This is such a beautiful painting, Sheila. I love your choice of colors and composition. What a sweet look you've captured in Bandit's pale blue eyes.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Sheila this is really cool. I rminds me of a graphic artist??? Great color and composition.

E-Arab said...

Great work! I love the colors.

adebanji said...

Powerful composition and vivid colours!

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

I LOVE this one!

I have to agree with Manon Doyle's comments.

The pose, the unique size of the canvas, the bright colors. This turned out really nice!

Just a strong painting that happens to be bold and fun at the same time!

Excellent job!

-Dean

Carrie Jacobson said...

Oh, Sheila, I love this. Love the colors and the way you used the long, skinny canvas. This feels like a little bit of a departure for you, and is exciting for all of us who watch your work. xo

Linda said...

Wonderful pice of Artwork Sheila, really super. Lindax

Jeff White said...

gggrrreeeaaatttt colors!!!!! love the expression and the layout of the image, too!!! well done!