"Peanut," 8" square, commissioned beagle pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).
I love dogs with eyeliner and doe-like eyes. Peanut has all that and more going for him.
In this portrait I used directional brushwork to model Peanut's form. Usually the uppermost layer of brushwork defines the direction of fur growth, but sometimes you can break that rule. Given the scale of this painting, and the dog's markings, I didn't want to end up with so much going on that there was no place for your eyes to rest. So I kept his head as the brightest area, and surrounded those eyes with looser brushwork that caresses the form of his skull.
I'll post another little piece in a few minutes. One of the requests I got was that I include more work available to purchase as part of the dog-a-day blog. I plan on painting a higher number of non-commissioned pieces, and sharing them with the you this year!