Here are a few in-process shots I took while painting this cute little Yorkiepoo named Dixie.
I always start by putting a few coats of color on the background (that way, there isn't any bare canvas peeking through if certain spots of the background do show through). Then, I sketch the animal onto the canvas in pencil and build the paint up from there! It's neat to see the phases captured in pictures - It gives it a sorta color-by-numbers look to the process. The highlights and the details always come last, along with a coat of varnish for protection.
I'm planning to spend some time this weekend sitting in front of this (cool and refreshing) painting (in this 100 degree heat!!). Snow-eating-Lou has been patiently waiting on the easel for way too long.