This is Dillon. I met him last spring when he was still a pup. He had so much character. It was going to be fun to paint him!
For his portrait, we wanted him to be a little bit older and look more mature. His owner wanted a unique portrait and she had taken a number of candid photos of him which she emailed to me over the course of several months.
In looking at her photos, several jumped out. There was one where he was lounging in a chair and his lip was tucked up. It was an adorable shot. Behind the chair was a table and a lamp. She loved that photo - it was mutual!
For the painting, I wanted some more dark values in the scene and wanted a feeling of depth in the painting. To achieve this, a window was painted behind the chair in place of the table and lamp. From another photo I used foliage from his actual yard to be visible through the view in the window. This allowed the painting to be even more personal to Dillon's family.
Dawn Secord Fine Art