I had dropped a shot of this one on Facebook, but thought this next one deserved an official post. My final Christmas commission was a painting of a sweet cocker spaniel named Quinn. She is a mild mannered little thing, over 13 years old and the sweet companion to her owners Wanda and Ed. This painting was a mini portrait, at 5×7″ arcylic on canvas it’s just small enough to tuck into a corner somewhere in the house where they have other art of their pets but still large enough to really capture her. An added perk was that it was a standard size for many frames as long as they were deep enough.
I had wanted to use a dark ground for Quinn, I thought it would help her stand out with her light, tawny coat. Also, Wanda loves to decorate with rich finishes so I thought the colors would all work well for her. Also, Quinn had some old lady tooth issues, so I had to take care in what angle I photographed her. I also wanted to steer clear of any flash shots which would flatten her out too much.
In the end I was thrilled to see Wanda’s reaction when she first saw the portrait and said, “Oh it’s my Quinny, it’s just her eyes”. Success!