A lovely lady named Christin had left a message on my phone about her dog, Finn, and wanted me to paint him. It is so heartwarming to be contacted by someone who wants me to paint their dog. I don't think it will ever be less exciting than it was for my first commission.
Since Finn is also a hunting dog, Christin wanted to send me some hunting photos to be considered while going through all his reference photos. She sent me the photos, and I have to say, they were really fabulous photos. We went through the process of considering what touched her heart about the photos while I looked at each photo as an artist and compositionally. In the end, we both loved this hunting photo and knew we'd found the perfect photo for his painting.
Upon asking, here is what Christin shared with me about Finn:
Finn is a sweet fun loving Irish setter. While his human mommy took him home to be a loved member of the family with no intent of showing him, this gorgeous boy found his way into the show ring. Showing only occasionally, he was still able to obtain his grand championship and finish out last year in the top 25. But this sweet boy is not all show, his real love is being out in the field. He's an avid hunter, even fancying himself a hound when his favorite quarry, birds, are not available seeking out rabbits, squirrels and even deer to chase. Above all he loves spending time with his human pack joining in whatever activity they are involved in.
Thank you to Finn's family for having me paint him. He is a really an awesome dog and painting him was my pleasure.
|Finn in the Field|
|Primary Reference Photo|