This painting is of two Irish Setters (litter mates) named Lisa and Lucy. The painting was done in pastel.
It is always fun to receive a new commission and to see the photos being sent to me for the painting (in the instances when I don't get to meet the dogs). The girls "human mom" sent me the following photo and said, "Will this work?" It was a great photo and the reflections in the girl's eyes were amazing. Excitedly I told her it was a wonderful reference photo.
As the painting progressed we discussed background colors and decided to go with some fun lighter greens. Those colors worked wonderfully with this painting. We had discussed a more cedar color initially and then blues and greens, finally settling on the greens.
Hope you enjoy the viewing the painting as much as I did painting it. Huge thank you to Holly for having me paint her beautiful babies!!