I had met Kayla's owners at a dog show where she was not present. Traveling to Northern California allowed me to meet up with the owners and Kayla and be able to photograph Kayla in person. She was an awesome model and I obtained some wonderful reference material from our photo shoot.
The ribbon is a ribbon one of my dogs had won. So, I had a real life ribbon to paint from - an added plus.
Thank you to Kayla's owners for choosing me to paint their beautiful girl!