This is a painting of Daisy, an Italian Greyhound.
They are such a fun breed. As stated on the Internet, "The Italian Greyhound is a small breed of dog of the sight hound type, sometimes called an "I.G.", "Iggy."
I've gotten to know the breed better due to my art and what a fabulous breed they are. They are smart - inquisitive and have the heart of a lion. Of course, there have been a few that have stolen my heart and it is easy to see why they are so popular.
Daisy's owners gave me a number of photos of her - head shots as well as movement shots. Then we met up at a dog show and I took "a lot" more...probably 75! One can never have too much reference material. When it came down to choosing which photos would be the primary reference photos they left the choices up to me. Wow - what a responsibility - but also, wow - what freedom. They didn't know what was chosen until the big reveal. Nail biting I sent the image of the finished painting to them. Here was their response, "OMG Dawn it’s perfect I love it!!"
It was a great pleasure to paint this girl. Hopefully, the painting warms their hearts for many many years.