I offer traditional pet portrait paintings as well as PAWINGS. What’s a “PAWING”? It’s what I call art work that is half painting and half drawing. It is a thoughtfully but quickly executed work that begins as a sketch lightly drawn in pencil on watercolor paper. I then draw over it with a brush or twig dipped in ink. I then follow up with some spot color, depending on the dog’s coloring and personality, and I may or may not add a background color.
Did I say “twig”? Yes, I did. Sheri Rieth, my favorite art professor at Ole Miss, who taught drawing and printmaking, asked us to bring rice paper to class one day. The paper was made with very rough and uneven fibers. Then she asked us go outside and pick out a twig, aka stick, from the yard. At this point, we were thinking she was nuts. Then she asked us to dip the twig in ink and draw with it on the rice paper. There was no way to control the dripping and bleeding of the ink onto the paper, which was very absorbent. The point was to make us think about line quality. It got me out of my perfectionism, and I still love drawing in ink with a stick or bamboo brush. The unforgiving medium requires me to commit — there’s no going back or erasing — and to draw with feeling and authority.
Here’s a good video of an artist using a traditional Japanese brush to draw/paint on rice paper. He uses the brush in a dry and wet way. I love this style and also the subject matter, because I have a bunny named Glenn.