Today I thought I'd show you how a piece of my art begins - it's nearly always with the eyes, just occasionally I'll do the nose first. These have to be right or the finished piece just won't be any good. So here are Ghillie's eyes, looking very strange staring out of the paper! Ghillie is a liver coloured flatcoated retriever who's owner has very kindly allowed me to work from her photograph of her handsome dog. Incidentally, the eyes took me approximately two hours each. Layer upon layer of very light colour. I'm sure there must be a quicker way but this is what I've found (with my limited experience) gives me the best result. More of Ghillie tomorrow.