The creative journey of an artist inspired by animals and life by the sea

Friday, March 15, 2013

He Loves the Sun

I have been painting animal portraits for people for over 25 years now.  I realized that as many photos I take of my Rhodesian Ridgeback "Socks" or see him in a beautiful pose, I had never painted him.  This is my third Rhodesian Ridgeback, and I know from experience the health problems these dogs can have.  He is the love of my life, next to my husband!  He will be turning eight years old this spring.  He is a reminder of the loss of my Dad that same year.  I got Socks as a puppy at eight weeks old, and eight weeks later lost my Dad to cancer.  The joy of having a new puppy helped me through the terrible loss and sadness of losing him.  This is a typical "look" for him...he loves the sun and a comfy bed.  How easily this painting came off my brushes...I guess because he is so close to my heart.

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