I am fascinated with the depth and reflections in an animal's eye. The expression of eyes being the window to the soul seem especially true when you look into the eye of an animal and when I do pet portrait commissions the eyes are always my favourite part as that is where the character and personality of the animal comes to life.
Unlike my landscape paintings in impasto acrylic, when I paint in gouache they tend to be more realistic but hopefully still with a painterly style as I want to capture the essence of the animal in my painting without simply replicating the photograph.
This is a close up of a horse's eye painted in gouache. There is a fantastic reference website for artists called Paint My Photo where photographers kindly upload their photos so that artists, like me, can use them as reference material without the worry of copyright infringement. A wonderful idea especially when it comes to painting wild animals. This painting was inspired by one such photograph.
It is framed and mounted in an ivory mount/mat and ivory frame and is ready to hang.
watercolour paper, gouache