For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. Jeremiah 29:11-14
Small, wet strokes of color create the illusion of fur. Use a light touch. Use primarily the same color over all the areas at this stage of painting Riley's body. This uniform color will give unity to his body. Again, the close up view doesn't look that great, but when you pull back, look at in a mirror, or from across the room, it is amazing how the eye pulls it all together. When you allow the viewer's eye to do some of the work, the piece will have the impression of more life to it than if you paint in every hair and leave nothing for the viewer to enjoy or ponder.
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