|11 by 14 watercolor on paper "Lucy" ©Maria's Watercolor Art 2013|
|sketch transferred to watercolor paper from sketchpad with graphite paper, adding some color to those pretty eyes.|
|adding some loose color to the background|
|Blocking in color on the face, using WN Paynes Grey, French UM Blue, Burnt Sienna|
Thought it might be interesting to see some progress shots of a pet painting. I start with choosing the best photo. And begin sketching pencil on paper. And then use graphite paper to transfer the outline of the sketch to my painting paper. I don't usually begin with the eyes, but this time I did! I pick a basic color palette before I put paint on paper, but don't always stick strictly to it. I check in periodically with the owner to be sure I am on track and they don't have any changes. I often end with adding touches of white to eyes and fur to give some extra highlights.