This is Kobe, Multi BISS GCH Jadestar Ride Em' Cowboy.
I've known Kobe for a number of years and have watched him mature into a beautiful dog. Not only is he lovely on the outside, he is a dream of a dog with a gentle kind heart.
When his owners approached me to paint him, I was thrilled. We met up at a dog show and I took a number of photos of him. The photos which were my primary reference photos were taken in the shade. He'd really been squinting in the sun therefore, we moved him to get some shots of him in a cooler area. We didn't want him to become too warm and start panting.
Three photos were used to create this painting. One was his primary reference pose, another was for his eye shape (where he was fully relaxed and not squinting at all) and lastly a photo taken from him sitting in the direct sun for his coat coloring.
Kobe lives in Arizona. His people family wanted a southwestern background. I have a ton of photos in my reference library from all my trips between California and visiting my family in Texas....so, reference photos of Arizona were plentiful.
Thank you to Kobe's family for having me painting him. It was a wonderful experience and I'll keep a place in my heart for this wonderful dog!