Dog in Water – on paper

Horace – a best friend’s dog

August was dedicated to exploring with paints on different substrates, primarily paper and the studio walls were filled to capacity.

Many artists agree that the finished product is rarely what they set out to create and there is an inevitable frustration with this. They need to continually test themselves, to learn and to improve their control of the medium. Often many complain they have overworked a piece as it “dies” in front of them.

Andrew decided he would develop some earlier ideas for Horace swimming in the Thames. (Horace, belonged to good friends and had striking black and white markings).

dog swimming, oil on wood panel, 50x50cm (Sold)



Dog fetching, oil on wood panel, 40x 40cm
dog fetching, oil on wood panel, 40x 40cm (sold)

The paintings on wood panel were rendered in a familiar way and Andrew then employed some techniques from the work he had explored earlier to produce this final piece on paper.

Studying the same subject clearly connects a body of work but also offers some clarity between the style and the execution.

dog and stick, oil on paper, 56 x 76cm (sold)


Andrew finds these examinations create more questions than answers.

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