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Original Creation

Caxton a la watercolor

doggymommee8301 20 Nov 2020

I’ll be honest, I’m not happy with how this turned out. I’ve got a couple other watercolor attempts sketched out, but I didn’t want to run out of time to submit something to the event again. I know I won’t have time to work on them before the event ends. Two firsts for me here: first time using watercolor and first time painting an animal. This was a good challenge and I’m glad for this event because it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I look forward to attempting more watercolor creations in the future.



A dog's embarrassed face - after seeing the chaos it causes! Great work

Cheers to your firsts!

Felix Creator of

Wow, Caxton is looking great! The shading on his face is really good 😊

I think the strokes around him sadly take some of the focus from his little face.
They remind me of some strokes I've painted in my watercolors and drawings when the frustration hits because it isn't coming out like I planned it, so I fill the paper and get done with it. I wish I could say that I only did that in my early tries and not almost every single time when I'm sitting down to paint or draw... I really need to work on my patience when painting...

You have my vote for sure!

Thank you Colin, Sunnylady, and Felix! And yes, I agree with you Felix. Too much going on in the background. I’m going to paint him again as soon as I’ve got some time and will hopefully be a little more subtle with the background. Thanks again for this event. I probably wouldn’t have taken the watercolor plunge otherwise. Glad I did, as frustrated as I was painting him.

Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

Picasso Caxton!

Naah, you did very well my dear, I can easily recognise him! Maybe this is the dogs thoughts that you painted around him! Was thinking creatively here!!

You got my vote!

Thanks Voy! I appreciate your encouraging words.

Such a cute dog. I love dogs, especially little ones. I always refer to them as "baby". They all have pretty little faces. I think you've done a brave thing here, painting in watercolour for the first time and also an animal for the first time. I have zero confidence doing either so I'm proper impressed. You've done a great job. And the more I look at it the more I imagine four legs there amongst the chaos. It reminds me of the first time I walked my puppy through the park when the grass was longer than his little legs.

Thank you TLP! This guy is my little baby. He’s a year and a half old now, and has a firm hold on my heart, and command of my lap. The reference photo I used for this was from when he was about three months old, he was (still is) the cutest little pup!

Great job! 😁. Painting animals is no easy task, and that’s amazing for a first. Frenchies are so cute too 😊.

Thank you Paintislife. It was surely a lot more difficult than I anticipated.

Oh my gosh look at that cute little face! You did a wonderful job on your little baby! Don’t be discouraged - I find watercolors extremely challenging. One thing I’ve noticed with watercolors: less is more. Perhaps that’s why I struggle with them. I can’t ever seem to just leave things well enough alone. Amazing first watercolor!

Thanks Lilikins. I do plan to try to continue with watercolor. Frustrating as it is, I had fun, too. And I LOVE how easy it is to clean up after you’re done, lol. A friend of mine actually asked if she could commission a painting of her two pugs after she saw this painting... so I guess that will be happening in the near future!

I know right!?! Is it weird that the cleanup is my favorite part about watercolors? It’s just so easy!

Not weird at all! It’s my favorite part too, lol. I normally only paint on the weekends because of the cleanup process. With watercolor though, I should be able to paint during the week too.

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