Yoshi’s still sitting. Is it finished? Probably not. Paintings rarely are. The one below is a photograph of the work in progress, and it looks just as finished as the one above, perhaps.
Some time in 2011, my horoscope at lcblack.com said: “It’s a good time to stay at home with family, reminiscing about the past and planning your future. Play games or paint a picture.”So I worked/played in the garden and painted a picture.
The blue pig I painted had received such great response that I decided to paint another pet. Yoshi, the greatest beagle in the world, was staying with us for a couple of weeks while his owners are on vacation, or rather being stuck in airports. I thought it would be great to send them a picture of their dog. Against the good judgement of my wife, who told me to use a photo to make the painting, I asked Yoshi to sit for me. Why paint from a photo when you can paint live?
Yoshi didn’t sit very long. That’s what happens when you don’t pay your models. I managed to follow him around the dinner table, in order to get his expression. And then I finally had to pay him, in dog food pellets, for him to sit still enough to draw the body and finish up the face. Sorry for spoiling Yoshi, Alejandro, I promise I didn’t give him more than a dozen pellets… well, maybe 13.