The composition was changed using the landscape view. There is more of the boat in this composition. I put pastel on the boat around the puppy. Now I can pull the fur out into/over the background. Be sure not to leave a “halo” around the animal. The puppy pastel layers were put in starting with the head and working down through the body – dark values first. Going back to the eyes and I make sure I have captured the puppy expression. I use a very small chisel shaper tool (size 0) to help pull the color in the right place. Eyes are very important!! Good idea to use a piece of paper to lay over the side of the painting where you hand lays when working on the eyes so you don’t smear the body pastel.
Hope you have enjoyed the puppy painting. I love painting them.