About this artwork
At first glance, the dog in this painting looks like a black German Shepherd. But in reality, the dog is a blend of blues, greys, browns, lavenders, and violets, says artist Jeff Fleming. It reveals how light affects color on a subject and produces harmony. Jeff starts his work with a pencil sketch, then with gloved hands, he applies oil paint using his fingers. Later, he adds details using brushes and string. Once dried, he moves the piece to his studio floor, where he whisks paint in authoritative strokes - a technique that replicates splashing.