Here is an original pastel painting of Dani and Scorch.
I was working on this piece while at the National recently. Originally, I was only going to be painting Dani. Then Scorch's owner died and he was returned to his breeder, Diane. He was able to be reunited with his litter mate, Dani, which is bittersweet.
I had photographed Dani a while back. Currently, she is as gray in the face as Scorch. For their painting, I loved the contrast between the darker faced Dani and they graying face of Scorch. Diane agreed. We left the colors on the dogs painting as in the reference photos - rather than showing Dani as she is now, gray like Scorch.
Below are the reference photos for the painting. There were so many photos to chose from. The fun angles of their heads jumped out at me immediately. I knew these were the two reference photos for the painting, but would Diane agree. And she did!
Thank you to Diane for having me paint her babies. It was my honor.