Elena Parashko Australian Artist

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A couple in Germany commissioned me to paint their beautiful dogs, El-Babu and Ricco. I worked completely from this photograph they supplied me with. It was a good composition so there was not much I had to adjust for the painting - just to simplify the background of the wood shed and to tidy the dogs' fur a bit so their eyes would be visible.

I painted the whole canvas with a dark brown undercoat and then drew the composition in white charcoal. Then it was time to paint the background with enough detail to establish the context but not so overpowering that it would detract attention from the dogs.

I began the dogs by painting in their eyes and nose. The eyes add life and sparkle to a pet portrait so it's important to get this right. I would later paint some strands of fur over parts of the eyes.

I worked on one dog at a time layering their fur with different colours from the darkest tones to the lightest. When the painting was complete, I sent a photo of it to my clients in Germany for approval. They loved it. I then rolled the canvas into a tube and posted it Express with insurance cover, tracking and signature on delivery. It only took 5 business days to be delivered to Germany from Sydney.
            "El-Babu and Ricco de Qinghai" by Elena Parashko,
             oil on loose canvas, 54 x 45 cm.



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