oil on panel
This portrait was a collaborative effort with the dog’s
owner to create a surprise gift for her husband in time for
Christmas. He is crazy about his little female pug dog!
Earlier in the Fall, she and I had done a photo shoot of Jelly Bean,
inside and outside their lovely home in Magnolia. But,
as it turned out, Jelly Bean was in no mood to be photographed
that day. None of the two hundred images were worthy of
transferring into a painting. The pug looked angry instead of
her natural soulfulness.
What to do? Re-shoot? We decided instead to use the
adorable iPhone candid shot that her daughter had taken of Jelly
Bean sometime earlier. The photo was beautifully framed and
had been placed in a prominent spot in their bedroom. We
agreed I should borrow the photo in its frame to use for the
painting. Thank goodness, her husband never noticed it was missing.
What was the verdict Xmas morning?
He loved it!!!