In our Art Studio in Port Moody, Paola Cervantes used oil on canvas and she painted a dog. Paola told us, “Muñeca” is a painting I made as a birthday gift for someone very special. This person recently moved and they would always tell me how they missed their dog and how that dog was their bestfriend through most of their youth. Unfortunately, I knew that it would be nearly impossible for me to find a way for him to be reunited with the dog because of distance and costs. I began to think what was the best way to, in the least, create a reminder of all the good memories he had shared with the dog and then painting a picture of her crossed my mind. This is why I decided to recreate this adorable picture of her.
I experimented with this painting, using both traditional paintbrush techniques as well as finger painting. This was a bit of a challenge because the canvas was not a very large one and it was hard to get the same definition of the hair strokes that you would get with a paintbrush and it was a lot easier to over blend the colours, not to mention that it was impossible to find a glove that fit my hand! Regardless of the obstacles the painting was very amusing to create and it taught me a lot about painting in a different style and finally brought me back to painting an animal which I had been avoiding.