This A2 piece of work was completed during lockdown, which has given me time to reflect and comprehend my work, and how I can move further with it. Portrayed by my labrador Jack, this oil painting took two weeks to complete. Since recently starting to experiment with oils, I have found the consistency of the paint so much more smooth, frequent and reliable than acrylic purely based on it’s drying time. I then went over the tiny details such as the hair and nose wrinkles with ‘Derwent Academy coloured pencils’, which allowed for me to complete each individual hair with ease. I find that this tends to be better for me as I can create precise lines, rather than going over a single hair multiple times. As for the background, I am loving using bright and bold statement colours which really pull together the painting as a whole. I particularly enjoyed working on the nose as it is the focal point of the painting and also shows a fluctuating kaleidoscopic range of colour within the nose frame.