Now that Mim has shown this on her blog, I wanted to post it here as well.
This is her favorite dog, Samson, who has been gone for many years now but who still has a huge place in her heart. She commissioned me to paint him from the photo below. I changed the background for artistic reasons, but I also wanted to give him that twilight glow.to bring out his soulful eyes.
It's always nerve wracking to paint a specific animal because it has to look and "feel" like them. I hope I've come close with this one!
I know all of my black animals have a lot of blue in them...I can't help it!
I like to reflect the local color in the sheen of their coats.