Cubby

Cubby’s little face was delightful to paint. Being asked to capture his sweet and expressive face filled my heart with so many feels. So happy to have been asked to paint him..

Cubby by Helen Shideler

Capturing his expression

As usual I start with the face - usually the eyes. But, this time i started with Cubby’s tongue and mouth. I figured that I had to get that just right before I went to far. Then I started to paint his nose. Noses are almost always in the middle of my paint progress - hmmm, also the middle of the face. Then I moved onto his expressive eyes.

Those curls

Ok, I love painting dogs. Especially doggies with long or curly fur. This is where the painting is fun and quite a bit looser. The face has to be right - but the fun can be handled with an approach that is a bit more free. And did I mention fun.

Rainbow bridge

Cubbie has recently joined his sister Callie over the rainbow bridge. I am honoured to have been asked to capture their likeness for the owners.