Barry Mccann

New South Wales, Aus­tralia, Cher­ished, acrylic, 38½ x 29½"

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My In­spi­ra­tion

The idea for this paint­ing came about as a re­sult of catch­ing our neigh­bour’s wan­der­ing Labrador. Rose had gone out walk­ing on her own and we knew she was a cher­ished mem­ber of the fam­ily and would be sadly missed so we brought her back to our house un­til we could con­tact her owner.

I had al­ready been ex­plor­ing the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween hu­mans and an­i­mals in other works and wanted to cre­ate a paint­ing that cap­tured the shared love be­tween a dog and its hu­man fam­ily. Af­ter her safe re­turn, I asked if I could or­gan­ise a time to paint Rose; I now had one of my mod­els.

My De­sign Strat­egy

I use the com­bi­na­tion of the “Rule of Thirds” and the “Ar­ma­ture of the Rec­tan­gle” to help me place the items or shapes that I wish to in­clude in the paint­ing. The ar­ma­ture of the rec­tan­gle uses a series of di­ag­o­nal lines to di­vide the rec­tan­gle into di­vi­sions, and by us­ing these di­vi­sions and the in­ter­sec­tion of these lines, I am given the free­dom and con­fi­dence to po­si­tion items within the rec­tan­gle in a pleas­ing de­sign. I use these as a guide only and I try to re­main flex­i­ble when po­si­tion­ing items to achieve a pleas­ing de­sign.

My Work­ing Process

I first draw the fig­ure, dog and the um­brella with a 2B pen­cil on uni­ver­sally primed can­vas us­ing pro­por­tional di­viders to help me mea­sure and po­si­tion the fea­tures of the face. Af­ter the draw­ing is com­pleted, I seal this with a trans­par­ent primer that not only saves my draw­ing but also gives me a great sur­face to paint on.

The patches of colour are laid down one piece at a time in the or­der they were drawn. This is done not only as a way to con­trol my tones, edges and cre­ate the il­lu­sion of form, but also to help me con­trol the dry­ing time of the acrylics.

The colour theme for Cher­ished is mostly “cool” re­serv­ing the “warms” to ad­vance the fig­ures. The back­ground is not es­sen­tial in the sto­ry­telling, so it is painted ex­pres­sively try­ing to con­vey an ethe­real feel.

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