Just delivered this. It’s a surprise gift that a friend of mine requested of a family pet that passed away a year or so ago. I had several photos to work from, but this pose was the supposed favorite. Unfortunately it was a rather poor reference photo. But, I think with a bit of artistic license, I made it work.
In early 2012, I was given the opportunity by a local community bank, to create a portrait of their founder, who in late 2011, passed away after an extended illness. Even though I had been out of the studio for such a long time (see blog from November 2012), I knew this was something I wanted to do. I couldn’t imagine a better way to show my appreciation for Doug and his ever present compassion for people.
This painting consumed much of my studio time last year. I spent many hours and many canvas on experimenting with color, values and getting my drawing skills back, before getting down to business with the final painting you see here. The painting now hangs in the bank board room.
“Doug” Oil on canvas, 18 x 24.