When I started painting portraits of friends' dogs, I didn't anticipate how much joy I would experience from the reactions that people would have. At this point, it takes me a couple of weeks at most. I work from photos plus I like to know a little about the dog's personality. Cell phone photos are fine as long as the lighting is decent. I need to see their eyes in a photo, too.
I love my portrait of Toby! He is 12 years old and had just been diagnosed with diabetes. he is doing great with his new diet and insulin schedule. As I seem him getting older and dealing with his health issues, his portrait means even more to me! In the years to come, when I am missing him, he will always be right there on the wall looking back at me !
This was a delightful experience. I contacted Art and then sent him several pictures of my pup and described his personality! The final portrait was and is perfect, colorful and captures the wonder pup! So glad to have met Art and to have this great picture of Nick the Wonder Pup!