The problem with dogs is that they touch our hearts, dig deep into the core of our lives, and then, having made us eager to share in their joy and love, leave us all too quickly. Dog should live forever! Well, they do in my heart and in my own little way, they do in my paintings.
My latest portrait is a chocolate Labrador painting of a handsome young boy name Scandal. His registered name is Moonlit's National Inquirer and he is bred and owned by Susan Bennington of Moonlit Labradors. The portrait painting was an experimental shift in style for me, being a bit more detailed and tighter than my usual more abstracted portraits. It is always fun to experiment, especially when the results are rewarding. I gave this painting to Susan as a gift - she loves it too! Scandal is still a young boy who has a life full of show wins and pretty girls ahead of him. I predict the day will come when Susan reflects on this youthful time and is thankful for the memory this painting will bring.
Regular readers may remember Scandal from last December when he was here for Labrador show puppy training. He spent 2 weeks at OtterTail Puppy Camp and was a fabulous student. He left us to begin his show career the next weekend, winning those classes and many more, then on to Lab specialty shows including The Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, the biggest Labrador show in the world, where he won both his sweepstakes class and regular class. I know he has a very bright future! You can see a video of Scandal, then a 7 month old Lab puppy after training on my YouTube channel under LabradorDogs.
If you are interested in a custom pet portrait painting of your own beloved companion or training for your show puppy, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My dogs are my life and it is my honor to help you fulfill that special spot in your heart and your life you reserve for your dog.